SOPA author Lamar Smith wins GOP primary

So much for unseating Lamar - Austin, Texas Congressman and author of SOPA, Lamar Smith, has the GOP primary, and by a pretty good margin. Smith won almost 80% of the votes, despite grassroots efforts by internet activists like Reddit's Test PAC to vote him out of office.

Apparently Comcast, Time Warner and the RIAA beat grassroots, because Smith's campaign received around $40,000 from major media organizations and PACs, including $2,000 from the personal funds of various RIAA executives.

For his part, Lamar Smith sees himself as a defender of the internet. “I certainly want to protect the internet and don't worry about billboards like that,” Smith said, referring to a billboard near his office reading urging Congress, “Don't Mess with the Internet,” put there by activist group Fight for the Future. “When people get the information, get the facts,” Smith said, “I think they are reassured.” Nice to know that we've got someone like Lamar Smith looking out for us.

It's a little bit shocking to see that someone as controversial as Lamar Smith is able to win an election by such a huge margin, but it just goes to show that by and large, most people couldn't care less about issues like internet freedom. Pretty scary, huh? There's always November.

Sources: KutNews | My San Antonio/AP | Open Secrets | Image via QuickMeme

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As others have pointed out, winning the GOP primary is but one step towards seeking (re)election to the U.S. House -- towards the end of the year registered voters in that Congressional District will vote, being presented with at least 2 choices... the Republican & Democratic parties are the 2 biggest, but smaller parties can appear on the ballot & people can also run as Independents.

As for as the $40k in campaign contributions Holman listed, that might be considered small change... the presidential race is expected to cost over $1 billion [including PAC expenditures], for each candidate, while $200k or more for a *primary* race is far from unheard of -- one candidate spent that amount out of his own pocket.

PACs themselves can spend whatever they like towards getting their choice of candidate(s) elected, but they have to be separate from the actual campaign, e.g. there can be no coordination between the two. Actual campaign contributions are limited by law so you can't have one individual, organization, or company giving any election campaign a large amount of cash -- regardless how Holman may imply that sort of thing.

Finally, there are several media related organizations that appear to function as an extension of election campaigns, often receiving funds from PACs & separately from the same PAC's donors. Basically they make sure that their preferred candidates' message gets out, with editorial content Very often posing as news reporting.

mikiem said,

As for as the $40k in campaign contributions Holman listed, that might be considered small change... the presidential race is expected to cost over $1 billion [including PAC expenditures], for each candidate, while $200k or more for a *primary* race is far from unheard of -- one candidate spent that amount out of his own pocket.

There's a pretty big monetary difference between a presidential primary/campaign and a Congressional one - much smaller playing field, and therefore a much smaller budget. I felt it was worth mentioning that Smith is getting a fairly hefty amount of money from media organizations, because regardless of how donations go, $40,000 is not small change.

Congressman Smith won the GOP Primary, still has to face the Democratic Challenger in November.

Odds suggest that Mr. Smith believes that Corporations are like Eggs, believing them to be people.,,,No they are not.

He won the primary, not the election. He still has to face a Dem challenger in Nov. He hasn't won anything but the GOP race for nomination. Did you even read the article before you posted this? I hate reading articles like this, written by an American, displaying such ignorance of the system. Hell, the article doesn't even say he won re-election. Reading comprehension at work, folks.

Tweaky Nippleton said,
He won the primary, not the election. He still has to face a Dem challenger in Nov. He hasn't won anything but the GOP race for nomination. Did you even read the article before you posted this? I hate reading articles like this, written by an American, displaying such ignorance of the system. Hell, the article doesn't even say he won re-election. Reading comprehension at work, folks.
So the fact that he is now one step closer is irrelevant just because he hasn't "won the election"? America isn't a true police state yet, just very close. So I guess we shouldn't worry about it until it happens, right?

KCRic said,
So the fact that he is now one step closer is irrelevant just because he hasn't "won the election"? America isn't a true police state yet, just very close. So I guess we shouldn't worry about it until it happens, right?

What does that have to do with reporting the correct news? Absolutely nothing. Your political views have *nothing* to do with anything I said.

Tweaky Nippleton said,

What does that have to do with reporting the correct news? Absolutely nothing. Your political views have *nothing* to do with anything I said.

So which part wasn't correct? I saw nothing stating he won "the election". Just that now he's a candidate but has to run against other opponents. Exactly which part of that was incorrect.

I didn't insert my political views into this. It's a known and proven fact that our rights are being slowly stripped. That the federal government has became the supreme power whereas the states originally (as per the Constitution) were supposed to be left to their own devices for the most part. This guy being one step closer to becoming a major candidate is bad news for anyone wanting the internet to not be restricted severely by the federal government. No political views are necessary. This guy wants or will be paid off to change the state of the internet. Proven fact via his previous actions. That's not a political view, it's a fact you can look up.

Just proves my point that I've been saying for years. There are to many totally clueless pickles around that don't give a crap about anything. Be nice to know the voter turnout percentage, which is probably some where in one of the links provided, but I'm not reading that much!

Makes me almost glad that I won't be around forever, as the way the U.S. is headed, I don't want to be a part of it!

WP7 said,
I live in UK. This guy look like a total douche. Glad he aint in politics over here!

I can't even take his face seriously.

WP7 said,
I live in UK. This guy look like a total douche. Glad he aint in politics over here!

Oh you mean as opposed to the government we have that's completely in bed with the Murdoch family? Yeah we've got it much better over here

WP7 said,
I live in UK. This guy look like a total douche. Glad he aint in politics over here!

MrXXIV said,
I can't even take his face seriously.

You do realise that what people look like is a terrible way to judge character?

Kirkburn said,

You do realise that what people look like is a terrible way to judge character?

For the fact that he's trying to change the internet with SOPA, we really don't care.

Kirkburn said,

You do realise that what people look like is a terrible way to judge character?

Once they've proven who they are, anything is fair game

Majesticmerc said,

Oh you mean as opposed to the government we have that's completely in bed with the Murdoch family? Yeah we've got it much better over here

I would say you do. You have one guy in bed with the government. We have entire corporations. The government is even in bed with itself most of the time.

One thing people seem to forget is that after WWII we (America) sucked up the spoils of Nazi Germany. Including their mentality. It's just taking the government over here a bit longer to pound their fist and scream like Hitler did.

Here's the plan. Ron Paulians are taking some state conventions and getting all the delegates from there, at the RNC there will be a second vote, Ron Paul will get the nomination. In the general election vote Ron Paul instead of Obama. Ron Paul won't let moronic bills be signed. Remember if you disagree you're ruining the internet for people, including outside the US.

zikalify said,
Here's the plan. Ron Paulians are taking some state conventions and getting all the delegates from there, at the RNC there will be a second vote, Ron Paul will get the nomination. In the general election vote Ron Paul instead of Obama. Ron Paul won't let moronic bills be signed. Remember if you disagree you're ruining the internet for people, including outside the US.

Yes the GOP convention in Tampa is going to be hilarious. Mr. Paul by the way is a Fake Libertarian.

zikalify said,
Remember if you disagree you're ruining the internet for people, including outside the US.

"If you disagree with me, you are [something very bad]"
That's one of the most basic rhetorical traps - don't fall for it.
Ron Paul is good at only one thing: manipulation.

Ron Paul is the ONLY one who has voted NO to sending billions in foreign aid to rich dictators that do NOT go to helping the people instead of say, putting it back in our own schools. Barry born-in-Africa-Obama signed a bill so vague it allows the military to commit civilian assassinations. This stuff is NOT difficult to find. The corrupt will try to out-voice the legitimate people o course though all they end up doing is embarrassing themselves. Ron Paul is known as Dr. No for a reason. Anyone who doesn't get it keep saying yes for 18 years when your kid asks for a candy bar and see where that leads.