How’s Your Representative Look on SOPA/PIPA? (Hint: Bob Casey is a co-sponsor)
As you may have heard, there’s an issue out there that’s uniting liberals and conservatives in a place where their hate for each other is stronger than anywhere else—on the Internet!
It’s the Stop Online Piracy Act (in the House) and Protect IP Act (in the Senate) and it’s got the Web up in a tizzy. Mostly because being within the bubble of Washington, most 60+ legislators probably aren’t aware that their biddings for a who’s who of big media giants and entertainment trade organizations—like the Motion Picture Association of America, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the AFL-CIO, among others–will essentially put the Internet out of business, at least as it currently stands. And no one wants to know what a post-embedded video/Photoshopped pictures comparing Newt Gingrich to the aliens from Fire in the Sky (coming soon) Internet looks like.
And this should come as no shock: Your Democratic Senator, Bob Casey, is one of the Senate bill’s initial 40 co-sponsors. According to SOPATrack.com, he’s received $343,225 from big media, $794,738 from pro-PIPA groups and $659,455 from anti-PIPA groups. The site has all our representatives’ contributions regarding the bill, so here are the rest: Rep. Bob Brady has received $100,150 from big media, $148,200 from pro-SOPA groups and $8,400 from anti-SOPA groups. Rep. Chaka Fattah has received $108,650 from big media, $135,600 from pro-SOPA groups and $3,750 from anti-SOPA groups. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick—now in office for one year—has raised $369,545 from pro-SOPA groups and $19,850 from anti-SOPA groups. Rep. Allyson Schwartz has raised $209,925 from big media, $596,405 from pro-SOPA groups and $153,300 from anti-SOPA groups. And Sen. Pat Toomey has raised $340,473 from pro-PIPA groups and $134,448 from anti-PIPA groups.
Sen. Harry Reid has scheduled a vote for January 24.
Assuming you’re against this bill, there’s still hope. As RedState.com notes this morning, their and others’ pressure on Florida Tea Party Republican Marco Rubio got him to pull his co-sponsorship of PIPA in the Senate. Wikipedia has gone dark, and Google’s censored its face to show protest against the government’s potential ruining of our wasted time and funny cat pictures. What on earth will we do without funny cat pictures?