Tech industry groups say the fundraising signals that the investigation has become overly politicized.
Carl Szabo, the vice president and general counsel of NetChoice, said the emails suggest lawmakers are more interested in grandstanding and fundraising than finding facts.
“Is anyone surprised? No of course not,” Szabo said in an interview. “This was not a fact-finding hearing. This was an opportunity to grandstand and fundraise. And now you’re seeing exactly that.”