“You shut down Congress’s switchboards,” according to the longer version of the note, which included more information on continuing anti-SOPA protests and answers about Wikipedia's own role. “You melted their servers. Your voice was loud and strong. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet.”
Big protest, big reaction; not quite a win
The result of all the protest was a switch in the votes of at least 18 senators, according to a count by Forbes.
Lawmakers in both the House and Senate responded to all the attention with public statements on Twitter, Facebook and to local news outlets clarifying their support for SOPA and PIPA as opposition.
Public-interest news site Pro Publica is running a timeline quoting the flood of statements, color-coded to identify pro vs. con.
The result didn't quite turn the tide, however.
A scorecard Pro Publica has also posted lists 38 senators supporting PIPA vs 19 opposed. That leaves 47 whose positions are either unknown or undecided.
This page lists all 100 U.S. Senators, along with their positions on SOPA/PIPA, party affiliation, state and amount they received in campaign donations they received from the entertainment or computer industries in 2010
It may disappoint, but not shock anyone, to point out that, of the 16 senators who received the most in campaign donations from the entertainment industry, only one opposes SOPA/PIPA: Roy Blunt, who co-sponsored the bill and supported it avidly until yesterday, when he tried to blame majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) for Blunt's own support.
Reid, who also supports SOPA/PIPA, is No. 2 on the money list, with $500,300 in donations from the movie/music/TV industries in 2010 and another $299,448 from the computer and Internet businesses.
Here's the list of the first 16; the full list is on this page at Pro Publica.