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Better, but I'm guessing they only do it because it went public.

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It's important to note, this is merely an online petition. There's nothing official about this, anybody can go onto the White House website and create a petition of their own.

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A whitehouse.gov account is required to sign Petitions

...good way to harvest names...for future 'spam'

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...good way to harvest names...for future 'spam'

Not to mention ATTAAAAAAAAAAACK WAAAAAAATCH!!!!!!

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Bet they don't do it.

Don't what, investigate the open bribary? I thought that bribes were a bad thing, and someone that owns up to either bribing or being bribed is in trouble?

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It's important to note, this is merely an online petition. There's nothing official about this, anybody can go onto the White House website and create a petition of their own.

I doubt most of them have gotten 6500 signatures in less than a day.

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Source: http://torrentfreak....bribery-120122/

The White House has been petitioned to investigate the MPAA and their lobbying tactics after the CEO of the MPAA, Chris Dodd, released a statement threatening to not support politicians who would not support 'the industry'.

...is there a difference when a Union tells (aka Threatens) a politician that they will not support them with donations unless they support their agenda?

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...is there a difference when a Union tells (aka Threatens) a politician that they will not support them with donations unless they support their agenda?

I would say it depends. If the union itself is making the donations, it would be a bribe. But if it's the members of the union independently and without required participation, then it would be ok. For instance, just because your union endorses a candidate doesn't mean you have to vote for him.

There should be limits on donations that any person or organization/corporation can donate to any candidate. So, for instance, if the MPAA could only donate a maximum of $5,000, then a threat like this would have no teeth. The emphasis should be on the people, not on the rich. If you limit the contributions the rich can make, then their money can't drown out the voice of the people.

Here is the direct link to the petition:

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/investigate-chris-dodd-and-mpaa-bribery-after-he-publicly-admited-bribing-politicans-pass/DffX0YQv

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Not going to happen

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Oh, it will happen, you have my word, and thats what Peatry Green would lift.

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Isn't this blackmail and not bribery? And, it's not even that. They are saying if you don't support our cause we won't support you. Isn't that what everyone does when they vote? They vote for the person that supports their views.

Bribery has to be explicit, you do this and I'll give you that.

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When did we start calling lobbying and donations, something that has been done for years and years now, and by MANY other lobbies besides the MPAA, "bribery"?

WTF is this BS?

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The public has started a petition asking the White House to investigate comments made by MPAA CEO Chris Dodd a few days ago on Fox News. Closing a tumultuous week of wide protest against PIPA and SOPA ? two MPAA backed anti-piracy bills ? Dodd threatened to stop the cash-flow to politicians who dare to take a stand against pro-Hollywood legislation. Clear bribery, the petition claims, and already thousands agree.

Responding to the mass protests against the PIPA and SOPA bills on Wednesday, the MPAA has revealed its true nature.

First, MPAA CEO Chris Dodd described the blackouts of Wikipedia, Reddit and others as corporate PR stunts which manipulated and exploited the sites? users.

?Some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns,? Dodd said.

Then, a few days later when many lawmakers had already dropped their support for the anti-piracy bills, the MPAA?s comments turned even more grim. Talking to Fox News, the MPAA?s boss threatened to stop contributing to politicians who don?t back legislation designed to protect Hollywood.

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/investigate-chris-dodd-and-mpaa-bribery-after-he-publicly-admited-bribing-politicans-pass/DffX0YQv

http://torrentfreak.com/white-house-petitioned-to-investigate-mpaa-bribery-120122/

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All that makes it not seem to be bribery is how "shocking" it is. (? la "too big to be (legally) true")

Read: shocking how open they are about it.

Of cause they'd do it all the time, we knew it, they knew we knew, now they say it out loud, so haha, easy evidence I'd say.

Bring them to court.

Ideally, I'd like to see them fall high from their horse into oblivion.

They need to get chipped.

Glassed Silver:mac

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This is long overdue.. set a jail sentence of 30 years for all government officials who take bribe and lobbyist money as it is really the equivalent of treason and working against your own country and people and is by no means a harsh punishment and see how corruption fades away.

Unless you criminally hit all of those scumbags in Washington they will continue doing it as they have nothing to be afraid of. Worst case scenario they will be kicked off their current position but since they'll get a job at one of these companies for them it's win win.

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a high % of upper gov would be found guilty imo. too high a % to do anything about as it would make the whole system fall. that to big to fail excuse would play again.

even if they limited the amount a congress/senate/pres could make, the lobyists would just pass the favors to friends and family the person selects. or somewhere they could collect once their term is over.

corruption will always be in government.

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This is long overdue.. set a jail sentence of 30 years for all government officials who take bribe and lobbyist money as it is really the equivalent of treason and working against your own country and people and is by no means a harsh punishment and see how corruption fades away.

Unless you criminally hit all of those scumbags in Washington they will continue doing it as they have nothing to be afraid of. Worst case scenario they will be kicked off their current position but since they'll get a job at one of these companies for them it's win win.

I love your idea, but i can't see any politician vote for a law like that

Because they would all get arrested on the spot once the law is in action :)

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it's dumb how the freaking govt keeps propping up these out-of-date and out-of-touch dinosaur companies and does not invest and prop up high tech industries.

there are 3rd world or almost 3rd world countries that have faster internet, more alternative energy development and use, and more high tech startups the the US does.

we just need to clean house. we need younger, more talented people in office that really care about the people and not their pocketbooks,

these old corrupt farts need to be rotting in jail or in a psychiatric nursing home instead of in DC!!!!

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How is this even a question? Paying a politician money ("lobbying") is bribery. End of story.

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