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Congressmen Who Lobbied FCC Against Net Neutrality & Received Payoff 192

Posted by Soulskill
from the only-your-best-interests-at-heart dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica published an article Friday highlighting the results from research conducted by a money-in-politics watchdog regarding the 28 congressmen who sent a combined total of three letters to the FCC protesting against re-classifying the internet as a public utility. These 28 members of the U.S. House of Representatives 'received, on average, $26,832 from the "cable & satellite TV production & distribution" sector over a two-year period ending in December. According to the data, that's 2.3 times more than the House average of $11,651.' That's average. Actual amounts that the 28 received over a two year period ranged from $109,250 (Greg Walden, R-OR) to $0 (Nick Rahall, D-WV). Look at the list yourselves, and find your representative to determine how much legitimacy can be attributed to their stated concerns for the public."
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Congressmen Who Lobbied FCC Against Net Neutrality & Received Payoff

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  • I don't believe it! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 17, 2014 @03:54PM (#47027271)

    All this is, is confirmation of what everyone already knew in their gut, but try to ignore on a daily basis. This is just for something as "small" as net neutrality, use your imagination for more important issues.

  • Pretty much (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rsilvergun (571051) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @04:14PM (#47027397)
    one of the nasty parts of our history they don't teach is that large sections of our Constitution and the basis of our Representative government were designed to keep poor people from voting themselves the land that the wealthy had already claimed. It's all right there is books and documents from the time. There really wasn't any reason to hide it since if you were literate you were probably rich.
  • Re:Greg Walden (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 17, 2014 @04:34PM (#47027521)

    Submit him to Bill Maher's #flipadistrict.

  • um (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @05:09PM (#47027761)

    So... donating to the campaigns of congressmen that'll vote for things you want is now bribery?

    Look at their own god damned quoted data: http://maplight.org/us-congres... [maplight.org]
    They donated to 397 members of the house out of 435 members which is 91%

    Letter 1 was signed by 4
    Letter 2 was signed by 20
    Letter 3 was signed by 4
    So we have a total of 28 signers.
    So just random statistical chance would mean 91% * 28 = 26 of them would have received contributions.
    27 received contributions, so the total is only off by 1 member or 3%.
    Give me a break. Arstechnica is worse than FoxNews. Why does anyone even read that garbage?

    I despise ALL politicians, and I fully support net neutrality, but this "story" is a joke.

  • Re:Pretty much (Score:5, Interesting)

    by amiga3D (567632) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @05:35PM (#47027951)

    I actually look at what money candidates receive and who paid it. If the people lavishing money on them are my enemy then I tend to vote for the other candidate. All too often though the other candidate is also taking big payouts from the same bastards. It's hard to win when both candidates are bought.

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