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Former Sen. Heitkamp Discusses Facebook, Tax Policy, Manchin, Biden

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Senate Democrats, Led by Senators Udall & Merkley, Were Joined Today by Reform Advocates to Announce Legislation Designed to Hold the Government More Accountable, Amend the Constitution to End Unlimited Campaign Contributions & Reform the Lobbying Laws to Limit Special Interest Influence

Facing mounting scrutiny in 2020 over issues like its approach to misinformation, user data and security, and more, Facebook launched a political advocacy group known as the American Edge Project.

Serving on its Open and Accessible Internet Advisory Board is former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat who represented North Dakota until 2018. She is also a former state attorney general.

Heitkamp spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about her view of tech giants like Facebook, how President Biden is performing in places like North Dakota, her thoughts on Sen. Joe Manchin's approach to the spending package, tax policy, the spread of misinformation, and more.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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