AUDIO: Hear Scientology boast about the $5.7 million it got from Google in free ads - 2016-01-07
In September 2014, we published a story that we expected would get more attention. We reported that at a gala celebration in the San Fernando Valley, a gathering of about 500 Scientologists who had paid $100 each to attend were told that the Church of Scientology had benefited from its relationship with Google, which had given Scientology the equivalent of $5.7 million in advertising grants.
As evidence of this, we provided a transcript of a speech made at the event by Brandy Harrison, the young Sea Org "Building Expansion Director Int," who also said that Scientology had forged a relationship with Amazon and with the Chinese government, and had also had a huge success taking over the front page of YouTube for a whole day.
At the time, the story was widely read, but it didn't get picked up in the media the way we thought it might have. But then, out of the blue, this week it got hot again when Hacker News linked to the story, and then, yesterday, Jim Edwards at Business Insider picked it up.