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Do you support breaking up big tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon?

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Tulsi Gabbard (Dropped out)

U.S. representative, Hawaii

Mar 12: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely. I agree with Senator Warren on the need to break up big tech companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon. Will be introducing similar legislation in U.S. House.”

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Bernie Sanders (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Vermont

Sanders is no longer running for president. “There are unacceptable levels of concentration of economic and political power in our economy today. In a [Sanders] administration, the FTC will break up corporations that have accumulated dominant market share and are able to wield their market power in anti-competitive ways including Facebook, Google, and Amazon and placing moratoriums on mergers in concentrated industries. We live in an era of unchecked corporate power. It’s time to take that power back for the people,” Sanders told The Post.

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Sanders

Elizabeth Warren (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Massachusetts

Warren is no longer running for president. “Twenty-five years ago, Facebook, Google, and Amazon didn’t exist. Now they are among the most valuable and well-known companies in the world. It’s a great story — but also one that highlights why the government must break up monopolies and promote competitive markets,” Warren's plan for big tech companies said. “Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”

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Warren

Marianne Williamson (Dropped out)

Author

Williamson is no longer running for president. “Yes. These companies have abused their power as massive corporations to invade our privacy and stifle competition and innovation,” Williamson told The Post.

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Williamson

Open to it — Strengthen antitrust enforcement

Open to it — Strengthen antitrust enforcement

Joe Biden

Former vice president

“We haven’t spent enough time focusing on antitrust measures, and it’s no secret that we need to take a hard look at how we can rein in some of the abuses of power from the world’s biggest corporations, whether it be big tech, insurance companies, or the agriculture industry,” Biden told The Post. “These companies’ actions have significant consequences on our society — from our economic prosperity to our health and well-being to the integrity of our elections to the well-being of our children — and I will take forceful action to hold them accountable.”

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Biden

Michael Bennet (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Colorado

Bennet is no longer running for president. “Big tech companies have amassed significant power and deserve close scrutiny. We should use all existing authorities — including DOJ, FTC, and State AG antitrust investigations — to combat anti-competitive behavior, but we should also update antitrust standards to effectively address the competition concerns raised by large Internet platforms,” Bennet told The Post. “When breaking companies up will address anti-competitive conduct, we should be prepared to do so. But that judgment should be fact-based and not taken lightly.”

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Bennet

Cory Booker (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, New Jersey

Booker is no longer running for president. “Unchecked corporate concentration is undoubtedly a crisis that’s touching everything from tech to our food system,” Booker told The Post. “We must strengthen our antitrust enforcement, take aggressive action in cases where corporate concentration is hurting consumers, entrepreneurs and small businesses, communities and our democracy, including by reviewing the effects of past mergers and unwinding those causing anticompetitive harm.”

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Booker

Steve Bullock (Dropped out)

Governor, Montana

Bullock is no longer running for president. “Amazon controls nearly half of Internet sales, yet pays zero in federal taxes. Google controls nearly 40 percent of online ads, yet more than half of their workers are independent contractors or temporary workers. There is too much power in too few hands with too little oversight,” Bullock told The Post. “As president, I’ll focus enforcement on expanding competition, protecting privacy and modernizing our antitrust laws to ensure that innovative companies of all sizes have an opportunity to develop and compete.”

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Bullock

Pete Buttigieg (Dropped out)

Former mayor, South Bend, Ind.

Buttigieg is no longer running for president. “As President, I will hold online platforms accountable, demand comprehensive privacy protections, set standards of accountability and transparency for online political ads, elevate ongoing antitrust enforcement reviews, and ensure we keep market power in check for the benefit of consumers,” Buttigieg told The Post. “I support the ongoing antitrust probes of online platforms by the Justice Department, FTC, and state attorneys general. As outlined in my rural economy plan, my administration will double antitrust enforcement budgets, so the Justice Department can prioritize the scrutiny of large online platforms like Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon. We will reduce the reporting thresholds to shed light on this anticompetitive behavior, require the Justice Department to conduct post-merger reviews on a regular basis, and launch investigations on recent mergers with all options considered as remedies for anticompetitive behavior, including breaking up companies.”

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Buttigieg

Julian Castro (Dropped out)

Former mayor, San Antonio

Castro is no longer running for president. “I think that we're on the right track in terms of updating how we look at monopolistic practices and setting ... rules for the road that match the challenges that we face today,” Castro said at the October Democratic debate. “We need to take a stronger stance when it comes to cracking down on monopolistic trade practices, and that's what I would do as president.”

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Castro

John Delaney (Dropped out)

Former U.S. representative, Maryland

Delaney is no longer running for president. “I think it’s wrong for politicians to target specific companies,” Delaney told The Post. “I support modernizing antitrust laws to address market concentration, block horizontal and vertical mergers that harm competition, and clarify that the government has the ability to unwind previous mergers.”

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Delaney

Kamala D. Harris (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, California

Harris is no longer running for president. “My first priority is going to be that we ensure that privacy is something that is intact,” Harris told the New York Times.

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Harris

Amy Klobuchar (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Minnesota

Klobuchar is no longer running for president. Klobuchar hasn't said she would break up big tech companies, but her first 100 days plan pledged to “undertake aggressive retrospective review of mergers.” It said she “will direct her Attorney General to have DOJ’s Antitrust Division undertake aggressive retrospective reviews of mergers. She will introduce legislation to increase funding for antitrust enforcement efforts by adjusting merger filing fees and she will change the legal standards to promote competition and prevent consolidation.”

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Klobuchar

Deval Patrick (Dropped out)

Former governor, Massachusetts

Patrick is no longer running for president. Patrick is open to breaking up big tech companies and thinks the U.S. should strengthen antitrust enforcement, a camapign spokesperson told The Post.

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Patrick

Joe Sestak (Dropped out)

Former U.S. representative, Pennsylvania

Sestak is no longer running for president. “If necessary, yes. Antitrust laws must be applied equally to new industries,” Sestak told The Post.

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Sestak

Tom Steyer (Dropped out)

Billionaire activist

Steyer is no longer running for president. “Our government must deal with monopolies by enforcing our antitrust laws,” Steyer told The Post. “It doesn’t because the politicians have been bought by those monopolistic corporations to keep from being regulated. We either need to break up some of these Big Tech companies or regulate them, so they don’t continue to stifle innovation and competition, and harm the American consumer.” At the October Democratic debate, Steyer said, “I agree with Senator Warren that, in fact, monopolies have to be dealt with. They either have to be broken up or regulated, and that's part of it.”

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Steyer

Andrew Yang (Dropped out)

Tech entrepreneur

Yang is no longer running for president. Yang “believes that some companies need to break up or divest certain parts of themselves, but breaking them up won’t solve the problems that these giant tech companies are creating. 20th century assumptions are breaking down — companies are not raising prices but instead invading our privacy and selling our data,” his campaign told The Post. “Additionally, these companies are impacting our health, as can be seen by the negative impact of social media and smartphones on our children.”

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Yang

Unclear/No response

Unclear/No response

Mike Bloomberg (Dropped out)

Former New York mayor

Bloomberg is no longer running for president. Bloomberg did not answer this question by publication.

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Bloomberg

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Background Members of both parties have expressed concerns about the consolidation of power among companies in Silicon Valley, which they say have grown too big and powerful and are squashing competition. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.) Candidates have also proposed breaking up companies in the agricultural sector.

How candidate positions were compiled

The Washington Post sent a detailed questionnaire to every Democratic presidential campaign asking whether it supports various changes to U.S. economic policy. Candidates with similar stances were organized into groups using a combination of those answers, legislative records, action taken in an executive role, and other public comments, such as policy discussion on campaign websites, social media posts, interviews, town hall meetings and other news reports and surveys. See something we missed? Let us know.

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