The Republican National Committee (RNC) accuses Google of suppressing more than 22 million campaign emails since September by redirecting them to users’ junk folders. The RNC is also is exploring legal action against the tech behemoth.
Under pressure from Republicans, Google, which insists that party affiliation has no bearing on which emails are sent to the spam folder, launched an FEC-approved program to ensure campaign emails reached users’ primary inboxes.
However, the RNC, which shared data from its email campaigns with Fox News Digital, claims that this has not resolved the situation, with Google spamming millions of emails at the end of each month.
“Every single month, like clockwork, Google suppresses important GOTV and fundraising emails at the end of the month, with zero explanation nor commitment from Google to resolve this issue,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel commented to Fox News.
“We are less than 40 days out from Election Day, and important GOTV emails to our opted-in voters in states that have already started early voting are being systematically sent to spam,” she added.
Since a study from the University of North Carolina revealed that the tech giant marked 59.3% more emails from conservative candidates as spam during the 2020 election than liberal candidates, Google has come under fire for sending political emails to spam.
Google spokesman José Castaeda told Fox News that there is no bias in how emails are sent to spam folders, but he did not explain the strange pattern of RNC emails being suppressed at the end of every month.
“We enable political committees and other organizations to reach their constituents, donors, and key audiences via email. When Gmail users say that they don’t want to receive an email, we place the email in the spam folder, politics or political affiliation plays no role in this determination,” Castaeda said.