Entertainment Industry Pays Over $1.9 Million in Campaign Cash to SOPA Supporters

December 21, 2011 -

Lawmakers that support SOPA can say that they haven't been bought and paid for by special interest groups, but an article on MapLight shows that the 32 sponsors of the bill have received four times more campaign contributions from the entertainment industry than from tech companies that oppose it. I guess it's just a coincidence that they received all that money - an estimated $1.9 million collectively - and that it has no bearing or influence on them trying to ram the bill through committee without adding any amendments or listening to any tech experts on the bill's impact on the integrity of the internet. Yeah.

According to MapLight, the 32 sponsors of SOPA received $1,983,596 in campaign contributions since January 1, 2009, four times of that from tech companies who are opposed to the bill ($524,977).

The breakdown from Jan. 1, 2009 - Jun. 30, 2011 by industry is as follows: $273,744 from Computer software companies and $251,233 from online computer services for a total of $524,977.

In the same period cable & satellite TV production & distribution companies gave $672,750, commercial TV & radio stations gave $265,050, the entertainment industry and associated trade groups gave $320,800, the movie industry gave out $282,150, the recording industry gave out $317,446, and TV production & distribution companies gave out $125,400. If you put all that together it comes to $1,983,596.

If citizens have any doubt that money is influencing policy in Washington, all they need to do is look at those numbers to see. Do lawmakers really believe strongly in this issue or do they believe strongly in the money that will help power their current and future campaigns?


 
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Matthew Wilsonunfortunately there are not many female engineers. blame Hollywood for that because they set cultural norms.10/02/2014 - 1:03pm
NeenekoI am also thinking back to the people I knew who interned or interviewed at Intel and the types they hired. Not gamers, but very steeped in the all male engineering culture.10/02/2014 - 12:58pm
SleakerIntel runs LanFest, and actively sponsors other multiple LAN events across the country, just to throw out a couple links on the culture side.10/02/2014 - 12:52pm
NeenekoPlus, it is unusual for a company as large as Intel to take such actions and it indicates there is probably an internal syampthy or cultural overlap with the gaters that bumped their visibility.10/02/2014 - 12:50pm
NeenekoI do not think anyone is suggesting that either intel or gaters should not be able to, but the chain of events is chilling to some.10/02/2014 - 12:48pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.wesh.com/news/man-shot-5-times-by-police-to-face-judge-on-firstdegree-murder-charge/28368490 And cops wonder why no one likes them.10/02/2014 - 12:42pm
SleakerIt's up to the companies to determine if they think running their ads on a controversial site may cause more damage to them, the only way they might get this is by feedback.10/02/2014 - 12:37pm
Sleakeropinion to a company on where they run ads.10/02/2014 - 12:36pm
Sleaker@Papa Midnight - Requesting ads get pulled from a site due to not agreeing with their message is not censorship. Funding and voicing your opinion are two completely separate topics. It's completely reasonable for people to voice their10/02/2014 - 12:35pm
Papa MidnightSame here, prh99.10/02/2014 - 12:31pm
prh99I played the first Half Life, haven't bothered with any of two. I like Portal more than Half Life anyway.10/02/2014 - 12:31pm
NeenekoI only got a short way into HL-1, but enjoyed HL-2. Probably because I do not like PC FPS games and HL-2 I got on console.10/02/2014 - 12:28pm
Andrew EisenI have a confession to make: I didn't really care for Half-Life.10/02/2014 - 12:27pm
Papa MidnightI don't think I've used the forums since the Wordpress days.10/02/2014 - 12:13pm
NeenekoI keep forgetting we even have forums.10/02/2014 - 11:48am
ZippyDSMleeA shame we can't have good convos in the forums, seems to me its time to nuke and restart fresh on them.10/02/2014 - 11:45am
Papa MidnightOh, no problem! Just wanted to let you know that it's what we're discussing. By all means, join in!10/02/2014 - 11:36am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, No problem. In juicy conversations, key points of discussion get pushed off quickly.10/02/2014 - 11:36am
NeenekoA rather scary censorship. I have known too many people and small companies destroyed by such pressure, so this unnerves me at a pretty personal level.10/02/2014 - 11:36am
NeenekoMy bad, I always have trouble working out what is going on in shoutbox10/02/2014 - 11:34am
 

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