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FIRST ON FOX: Google’s Gmail has cost Republican candidates more than $2 billion in donations since 2019 by flagging most fundraising emails as spam, according to research shared exclusively with Fox News Digital by the Republican National Committee, the Committee of the Republican National Congress and the Republican National Senate Committee.
The Republicans based their findings on a North Carolina State University study that found Gmail allows the vast majority of emails from Democrats to land in the user’s inbox, while more than two-thirds messages from conservative candidates are marked as spam.
Gmail “kept the majority of left candidate emails in the inbox (<10.12% marked as spam) while sending the majority of right candidate emails to the spam folder (up to 77.2% marked as spam),” the study found.
GOOGLE’S GMAIL FAVORS LEFT CANDIDATES AND SPENDS MANY MORE CONSERVATIVE EMAILS TO SPAM: STUDY
“Big Tech has silenced conservative voices and actively worked against Republicans for multiple cycles. Google’s email suppression — which affects GOP fundraising and GOTV efforts — is another glaring example. Silicon Valley oligarchs suppress free political expression.” – RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, NRSC Chair Sen. Rick Scott and NRCC Congressional President Tom Emmer said in a joint statement.
Google rejects the study’s findings.
“Political affiliation has absolutely no bearing on mail classifications in Gmail and we’ve debunked this suggestion, which has surfaced periodically across the political spectrum, for many years,” a spokesperson for Gmail previously said. Google to Fox News Digital after the study was published.
“Email classifications in Gmail automatically adjust to match Gmail user preferences and actions. Gmail users can move messages to spam or any other category,” the Google spokesperson continued. “Gmail automatically adjusts classifications of particular emails based on these user actions.”
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Conservative candidates raised $737 million on Republican fundraising platform WinRed from Gmail users in 2019 and 2020. Because, according to the study, only 32% of fundraising emails were delivered , Republicans estimate they missed $1.5 billion in contributions in the 2020 election cycle.
So far in the 2021-22 election cycle, Republicans have raised $249 million from Gmail users. GOP committees estimate that their candidates therefore missed out on $529 million in contributions due to Gmail’s filtering algorithms.
Fox News Digital’s Brian Flood contributed reporting.