Senator Reid got $3.5 million from pro-SOPA/PIPA groups

While the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) debate in the US House of Representatives has been delayed until at least sometime in February, the US Senate is still scheduled to hold a vote on January 24 on the similar Protect IP Act (PIPA). Despite a number of US Senators pulling their support of PIPA and urging that the vote on the bill be delayed, the Majority Leader of the US Senate, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, is insisting that the vote be carried out as scheduled.

Now the non-profit political watchdog web site OpenCongress.org has revealed that Senator Reid has received the most money in campaign donations from the various special interest groups that are supporting SOPA and PIPA. The site claims that Reid has received a total of $3,502,624 from those groups. That number is well ahead of the number two and number three Senators on the list, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Schumer and Gillibrand are two of the official sponsors of PIPA.

By contrast, Senator Reid only received $339,226 from special interest groups that publicly oppose PIPA and SOPA, according to the web site.

Special interest groups throwing money at politicians for campaign donations is nothing new, of course. However, Senator Reid's massive campaign donations from these pro-PIPA groups may be part of the reason why he still wants the bill to be voted on next week, even as other Senators are trying to distance themselves from PIPA.

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If you look at some of the groups that support SOPA... half of them have nothing to do with the Internet... I mean. what does jewlery and trucks/cars have to do with SOPA. absolutly nothing... give me a break lol...

xbamaris said,
If you look at some of the groups that support SOPA... half of them have nothing to do with the Internet... I mean. what does jewlery and trucks/cars have to do with SOPA. absolutly nothing... give me a break lol...

You should probably research the bill a bit, it has a lot to do with it. While the bill itself goes way, way....way, too far, one of the biggest "justifications" for this bill, is to shut down website which sell counterfit material pretending to be the real thing, like expensive jewellery and cosmetics

I think brib...donating...to a politician is not very democratic. The demands of the rich, not always the many, are provided for.

I feel the Australian system, of an allocated sum of campaign money is a better way to go - the fact all our politicians have the IQ of a parsnip is besides the point...

I agree totally, this would solve one problem, now how the hell do we get rid of the parsnip brained politicians? Oh yeah..educate your children...don't rely on the school system to polute their brains.


I feel the Australian system, of an allocated sum of campaign money is a better way to go - the fact all our politicians have the IQ of a parsnip is besides the point...[/quote]

UseLess said,
I think brib...donating...to a politician is not very democratic. The demands of the rich, not always the many, are provided for.

I feel the Australian system, of an allocated sum of campaign money is a better way to go - the fact all our politicians have the IQ of a parsnip is besides the point...

What is democratic about your plan? Telling me that I cannot donate a few dollars to a candidate I support is not democratic. Taking my money, be that donations or tax dollars, and equally distributing it between all canidates is not democracy.

A few months ago, Obama had a fundraising drive where people could donate $3, and get a chance to have lunch with him. And while I am not a supporter of his, that is a democratic way of donations. While there needs to be changes with caps on very large donors, your way is not good.

BTW, I just looked it up on Wikipedia (turned off JS), and this is the second line in the topic on political donations in Australia:
"In Australia, the majority of political donations come in the form of financial gifts from corporations, which go towards the funding of the parties' election advertising campaigns."


Now the non-profit political watchdog web site OpenCongress.org has revealed that Senator Reid has received the most money in campaign donations from the various special interest groups that are supporting SOPA and PIPA.

-__- *******

US gov is corrupted to the core, and it's even legal there.
Call it whatever you want but it's just how companies are ruling laws through money given to politicians

SHADOW-XIII said,
US gov is corrupted to the core, and it's even legal there.
Call it whatever you want but it's just how companies are ruling laws through money given to politicians
Yes, we know this. Welcome to the 21st century. It sucks. We know.

Athernar said,

Sofas are ruining America, they're the sole cause of obesity!

Ban Sofas!

This is why I only use chairs

aadder said,
Pro Sofa? Shouldn't that read Pro SOPA?

To make people STAND UP for their rights, their sofas need to be made uncomfortable for sitting.

Athernar said,

Sofas are ruining America, they're the sole cause of obesity!

Ban Sofas!

I'll do my part, I'll occupy sofa.

... and then put the TV on.

Sooo... Let me get this straight, Presidential candiates cant receive donations and have to rely on Super Pacs, but Senators and other politicians can receieve bribes from groups/corporations to make their decisions? Right....

xbamaris said,
Sooo... Let me get this straight, Presidential candiates cant receive donations and have to rely on Super Pacs, but Senators and other politicians can receieve bribes from groups/corporations to make their decisions? Right....
Which is why we need to scrap all existing campaign finance law in favor of a new constitutional amendment declaring a person to be one single individual and allowing single individuals to contribute to candidates directly in any amount they choose while BANNING all other political contributions from groups.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
Which is why we need to scrap all existing campaign finance law in favor of a new constitutional amendment declaring a person to be one single individual and allowing single individuals to contribute to candidates directly in any amount they choose while BANNING all other political contributions from groups.

How will that help? You'll just get a "single" person with deep pockets that represents a specific interest. Perhaps we should add some sort of cap?

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
Which is why we need to scrap all existing campaign finance law in favor of a new constitutional amendment declaring a person to be one single individual and allowing single individuals to contribute to candidates directly in any amount they choose while BANNING all other political contributions from groups.

But, but, but... corporations are people too.

Vice said,
Politicians bought and sold. I think this kind of thing should be made illegal.

sure, but good luck doing that and then enforcing it as they probably have so many ways to dodge laws like that.

ThaCrip said,

sure, but good luck doing that and then enforcing it as they probably have so many ways to dodge laws like that.

Definitely but just because it would be difficult doesn't mean it shouldn't happen. Life isn't easy but that doesn't mean give up.

Vice said,
Politicians bought and sold. I think this kind of thing should be made illegal.

Voters are also bought and sold with social programs and tax cuts.. it goes both ways

Lachlan said,

Voters are also bought and sold with social programs and tax cuts.. it goes both ways

You mean things that are good? How dare politicians improve things!

Vice said,

You mean things that are good? How dare politicians improve things!

Because it's not really a good thing. At first it is, then it becomes a burden on the rest of society. Should we take care of the old? Absolutely? But those of us that are working simply cannot support those that simply don't want to (The current economic environment not withstanding, I'm referring to the "good times")...

But then the people that want to be taken care of vote a certain way, which them prompts that side to give more that they can't pay for, etc., etc. It's cyclical and destructive long term.

Lachlan said,

Voters are also bought and sold with social programs and tax cuts.. it goes both ways


Votes are bought and sold by the corporate control of the media as media in turn controls the voters.

Same goes Senators and Representatives are bought and sold for various corporate interests.

Oh and if you think that companies are people, we can start calling USA an openly fascist nation.

Vice said,
Politicians bought and sold. I think this kind of thing should be made illegal.

How do you changes the laws that regulates the lawmakers, when they're the ones making laws?

(which is why censorship is bad. who watches the watchers?)

Lachlan said,

Voters are also bought and sold with social programs and tax cuts.. it goes both ways


Lachlan said,

Voters are also bought and sold with social programs and tax cuts.. it goes both ways


I don't think you understand the foundation of democracy... Yes, you vote for people who you think are going to run the country the way that you like. That's the point. Then, if a majority of the country likes a set of ideas, those ideas get executed.

This is more like, there's ten corrupt millionaires who want to get their way in a country with 300 million people so they donate millions of dollars to sway politicians actions away from those that the majority of the country would approve.

Vice said,
Politicians bought and sold. I think this kind of thing should be made illegal.

Hell, should be considered treason, betraying the American public for money. What sickening person.