Washington (CNN) - Republicans have questioned in recent days whether the White House and the Democratic National Committee coordinated with the Securities and Exchange Commission to get political mileage out of the SEC's fraud charges against Goldman Sachs.
President Obama, the DNC and even the SEC have adamantly denied the accusation of political collusion. And now Google is, too.
The GOP case is based partly on the fact that the DNC used Google Adwords to bid on the search terms "Goldman Sachs" and "SEC" soon after the charges were filed on Friday - meaning that whenever a person searched Google for those terms, they also viewed targeted ads for a DNC website about "Wall Street greed."
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, the ranking member of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to the chairman of the SEC on Tuesday pointing out the timing of the ad buy, which he said "neatly coincided" with the Goldman charges.
Google is now saying that's not the case.
The SEC charges hit Goldman before 11 a.m. ET on Friday morning.
The DNC said the Adwords were bid on at 2 p.m. on Friday. Google confirmed the DNC's timing of the purchase to CNN on Wednesday.
Not surprisingly, the DNC trumpeted the news.
"This conclusive evidence is the final nail in the coffin of this ridiculous Republican conspiracy theory," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. "Now that their red herring has been shot down, Republicans can no longer hide from the fact that they are standing with big Wall Street banks instead of Main Street families."