With Election Looming, ESA Plans to Spread Some Cash

January 15, 2008 -

Few things capture a politician's attention like campaign donations.

That's why, as the New York Times reports, the Entertainment Software Association will soon begin spreading money around to candidates for federal office. The video game publishers' organization has created a political action committee (PAC) to facilitate its campaign donations.

Regarding the move, ESA boss Michael Gallagher told the Times' Seth Schiesel:
 

We will be writing checks to campaigns by the end of this quarter. This is an important step in the political maturation process of the industry that we are ready to take now. This is about identifying and supporting champions for the game industry on Capitol Hill so that they support us.


Gallagher said the ESA's PAC would most likely donate $50,000 to $100,000 in 2008. Federal election law prevents giving more than $5,000 to any single candidate. In flexing the ESA's political muscle, Gallagher also touted the Video Game Voters' Network:
 

If I can walk into the office of a member of Congress and tell them we have 20,000 voters in their state who are already signed up to write letters and act based on game-related issues that concern them, that’s powerful.


GP: While the NYT's Schiesel writes of "a much more favorable and tolerant attitude toward video games both among the general public and politicians," we're not so sure we agree. Games seem under attack as much as ever.


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I think that it's the schism that seems to have formed between media and the videogame industry that's really causing the problem. On one side you have a group warning people that some games aren't for their kids, and that adults play games too, while the other mistakenly screams that every game is made for kids, but 90% of it is porn. It really ires me to see this sort of misinformation being spread, especially so close to election when political lines are being drawn.

I just hope that some politicians out there know what to say and how to say it to avoid angering those vocal gamers out there who don't like their media of choice being attacked. It sickens me when so many out there talking about protecting family when in reality, they are just trying to censor out an art form they don't understand (Clinton, Yee, Schwarzenegger, I'm looking at you). If all you gamers out there care enough to vote, you'll make sure, just like me, that these wads know that we have a loud enough voice, and we will be heard.

They do seem to be under attack as much as usual. And as usual they're poorly researched but cleverly worded to appeal to the public.

zOmg Mass Effect Butt Secks!

Woot, our industry is now mature enough to start bribing politicians, like all the other lobby groups do. Go us..

While I am glad to see the ESA use their position, I am upset to see them start off in the general direction of lobby.

So arethey planning on a blanket campaign contribution? By that I mean, donate to every candidate on the board, or just certain candidates.

I am wondering how Hillary and Romney will take to receiving campaign money from the filthy games industry.

I don't see it so much as a bribe, more of an effort to get in touch with the candidates and say "We are here. We are not just a topic that you can whore to try and get the soccer mom votes. We represent large blocks of voters whose support of you can disappear based on your decisions regarding this form of entertainment."

I approve of their intent to "find a champion" on the Hill. Not someone who will jump out and oppose the anti-game idiots, but someone who is reasonable about games. Someone who will act in the same way as all of the senators who have gotten behind the ESRB, and who will use common sense to educate the public.

Don't give money to Nanny state candidates ESA.

its called being frugal. the're doing anything to survive. if that means bribing canidates, sure do that.

"its called being frugal. the’re doing anything to survive. if that means bribing canidates, sure do that."

Not bribing, but the effect is the same. Once videogames have a human face on capitol hill, much ground will be gained. There are special interest groups for everything under the sun, and it's about time the videogame industry do the same.

@Blade Decivre

Their doing it is no mistake. It's an agenda.

What caught my eye in the article was the description of the Hot Coffee incident, which is described as, and I quote, "scenes of mild sexual provocation."

Ah campain contributions, the stuff platforms are founded on. But even if they donate to said politicians it will not matter if competing industries (junk food, movie studios) donate more.

am I the only one who read "maturation" as "masturbation?" I think the term is far more accurate in context.

I know that it's the way business is done, and I know that just about every industry does it, but I can't help but feel a little dirty about all this.

Its sad that this is how politics really works in this world- just give enough $$ and you can get a politician to march to your drum. While I would love to see games be accepted as a legit medium, it is painful to see that the ESA essentially has to bribe the snakes (politicians) to lay off.

Buying out politicians... I love it.

Sends some cash to Hillary and Romney and see what they do. It might make for a good laugh!

This is disgraceful. I'm glad I'm not associated with the ESA. I guess it reflects their character though.

@Terrible Tom:
Amen, my friend. The ESA is starting to become EPIC FAILURE, oy.

[...] GamePolitics | Few things capture a politician’s attention like campaign donations. [...]

I think videogame industry is tired of being the ultimate scape goat about almost everything.

I don´t like either they have to give money to politicians but I can´t see any other way to this industry to say "here we are".
 
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