Following The Money That Influenced SOPA-PIPA Push

February 7, 2012 -

SaveTheInternet points out some interesting information dug up by Media Matters about where a lot of big media money has gone and why some lawmakers pushed so hard for the passage of SOPA and PIPA. While their analysis can't show that the money was directly related to PIPA and SOPA, it certainly shows the level of influence money has in Washington.

The Media Matters report shows how much corporations spent on lobbying in the fourth quarter of 2011 — just as the fight over the passage of these bills was heating up.

Combined, organizations spent $182,500 on lobbying contracts with firms that lobbied almost exclusively on SOPA/PIPA, and an additional $2,022,500 on contracts with firms that lobbied on SOPA/PIPA and a range of other issues. Comcast, Disney, and other media giants are probably not happy with how the whole thing turned out. They didn't exactly get what they paid for - but the fight isn't over yet...

Source: SaveTheInternet


Comments

Re: Following The Money That Influenced SOPA-PIPA Push

Let's now think about how things would be if these companies put this much effort in to updating their business models to something more current and relevant to their customers desires versus defending the "old and busted" current model.

Just sayin'....

Re: Following The Money That Influenced SOPA-PIPA Push

Once again I am surprised at how little money these companies spent on this.  $182,500 is pennies to these companies.  That wouldn't even cover the cost of a few lawyers for the span of a single quarter.

I don't see why everyone thinks lobbyists own Washington.  At least in this case they clearly don't.

Re: Following The Money That Influenced SOPA-PIPA Push

Maybe our congressmen are just cheap to buy.

 
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