SOPA supporters – folks like the entertainment industry, trade unions, and the tobacco industry – kicked in nearly $110 million in an attempt to get that wretched thing to pass. Opponents (the usual motley crew of civil rights groups, plus some high tech folks) managed to scrape together just over $12 million – a not inconsiderable sum for most bills, though chicken feed for this one.
SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith (R-Texas) received $411K from pro-SOPA contributors, $12K from opponents. I think we all know how his Texas toast is buttered.
And in case you’re wondering, the current tally for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (HR 3523) is slightly less than $32 million from the groups that support it, and just $2.3 million against. Expect those numbers to shoot up as the battle over CISPA heats up.
There’s another old saying that applies: Money talks. But neither we, nor Congress, always have to do what it tells us to.
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