Bainbridge on Google & CSR

Law prof and blogger Stephen Bainbridge has some interesting, brief comments on Google’s plans to build an office and research centre in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Google co-founder Larry Page apparently has close ties to the town, having gone to university there, etc. The new project is also anticipated to give a political boost to Michigan’s Democratic governor.

Writes Bainbridge:

So Google’s bosses are spending the shareholders’ money to boost (a) one of the bosses’ hometown and (b) one of the many liberal politicalians the bosses espouse.

Of course, it’s not like Google is building a new opera house, or even endowing a hospital foundation or something…they’re building an office, and a research centre…both projects that you’d think would have a legitimate business purpose.

Here’s the NY Times story on Google’s new centre.

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