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Offline GhostShip

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How To Persuade The US Congress To Pass Bad Laws ...
« on: December 06, 2011, 12:45:35 am »
It seems theres a large amount of cash floating around congress atm $13M dollars so far and all simply to help the same old snouts-in-the-trough make up their minds to pass some dubious legislation, read on folks

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111203/00494716961/some-data-how-much-big-media-firms-are-donating-to-sopapipa-sponsors.shtml

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Some will call it corruption, but it seems more like a systemic problem, and it's not clear which came first -- support for certain types of bills... or donations. But once the process starts, it's hard to get out of that cycle. Those who have received big donations from certain industries want that to continue. And, of course, as Lessig is fond of pointing out these days, part of the game is to be a politician "on the fence" so you can raise money from both sides on a controversial issue.


hmm well we all know that already lets get down to the names of the porkers taking the "contributions" to help them fight the good fight on behalf of their benefactors :/

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Among the 25 SOPA cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, here's a breakdown of which legislators have brought in donations from big media in TV, music and movies during their careers in Congress.
Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., $1,727,156. His southern district border is Hollywood Blvd. and he was the beneficiary at a fundraiser earlier this month hosted by two lobbyists at a firm that represents the National Broadcasting Association.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., $516,400
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., $488,731
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., $488,636
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex., $392,995 (sponsor)
Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-VA, $316,686
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., $261,700
Rep. Lee Terry, R-Nev., $248,168
Rep. John Barrow, D-GA, $210,900
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., $204,199
Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., $133,023
Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., $130,100
Rep. John Carter, R-Tex., $75,850
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., $64,648
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, $54,000
Rep. William Owens, D-N.Y., $42,850
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., $30,000
Rep. Thomas Marino, R-Penn., $21,300

The nearly 40 cosponsors of the Protect IP Act, SOPA's partner legislation in the Senate, have received more than $13.5 million from the TV, music and movies industry since entering Congress. Here's a rundown:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., $1,996,470
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., $1,465,160
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., $1,295,718
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., $899,366 (sponsor)
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., $890,668
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., $747,491
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mont., $503,291
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., $493,069
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, $492,407
Sen. Robert Menéndez, D-N.J., $445,575
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., $430,500
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., $368,733
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., $365,589
Sen. Robert Casey, D-Penn., $343,225
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., $312,320
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., $297,771
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, $291,621
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, $284,225
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., $254,162
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., $237,084
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., $230,569
Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., $218,539
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., - $217,847
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., - $171,790
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., $158,066
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., $94,450


As you can plainly see, with a gravy train of this size on the move there is no reason to not get on board for a slice of the renumerative cake.

Offline White Stripes

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Re: How To Persuade The US Congress To Pass Bad Laws ...
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011, 03:18:25 am »
and the worst part is this gravy train is going to plow right through the very heart of the internet.... regardless that there was at once an average of 3.6 calls per second pouring in to congress basically screaming 'no!' to this legislation...

as many have said before "The only thing Orwell got wrong was the year" ....


* Silver Stripes stomach churns


curious on the views of others; if sopa/pipa do pass... would there be a point to even having an internet account?

Offline GhostShip

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Re: How To Persuade The US Congress To Pass Bad Laws ...
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011, 04:14:24 am »
Passing such legislation will see a mass of tech companies exiting the US in search of easier pickings with less risk of finance wasting adventures in court, couple that with a new unwillingness to invest in fresh tech I can see this impacting the US seriously.

When the big media giants who propose this idea see the fruits of their stupidity on clean graphs of declining sales caused by little investment and even less disposable income from consumers who are losing out on jobs from startups that are borderline legit they may in time rethink their actions, but by then it will be too little too late and all to keep some overpaid types in the lap of luxury their employees can only dream of.

US Politicians smell the coffee please, and leave some for the rest of the populace.

This site will likely have to relocate to a non US based sever and I'm sure many other sites will do the same, the snowball will start the minute the ink is dry.

Offline Bluey_412

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Re: How To Persuade The US Congress To Pass Bad Laws ...
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2011, 09:12:36 am »
I know of a nice secure spot in a nice tech-friendly country...
What you think is important is rarely urgent
But what you think is Urgent is rarely important

Just remember that...

Offline Bluey_412

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Re: How To Persuade The US Congress To Pass Bad Laws ...
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2011, 09:14:45 am »
With nice FTTN networks going in at an alarming rate, and some nice fibre trunks already installed
What you think is important is rarely urgent
But what you think is Urgent is rarely important

Just remember that...

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