April 30, 2012

Congressman Pushing Spying Law CISPA Got 15 Percent Of His Campaign Funds From Companies Who Want It

Your information will not be safe if CISPA passes.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) allows private corporations, security firms, and the government to peek into and share your online information without you ever knowing about it or having any legal recourse against it. These intrusions are so severe that the Obama administration has threatened to veto the version of this bill that passed the House of Representatives last week.

We recounted last week how social networking giant Facebook has recruited elite D.C. lobbyists to push this law in Washington. The Center for Responsive Politics’s OpenSecrets blog notes another interesting fact about the push for this new spying law. The chief sponsor of the bill in the House, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) has received $175,000 from organizations (largely corporations) who have lobbied on the bill. That’s 15 percent of his total campaign dollars he’s raised this cycle. The top two donors among this group is the defense contractor SAIC ($20,000) and Koch Industries ($14,500).

Another indication of the collective influence of backers of CISPA is the amount of money individuals or PACs affiliated with the organizations have given to key lawmakers on the issue. Last week we reported that the bill’s original sponsor, Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), had received $104,000 from groups that lobbied on the bill. With new campaign finance reports filed since that story, OpenSecrets.org data now shows that Rogers has received at least $175,000 from organizations that have lobbied on the bill. That’s about 15 percent of the total $1.1 million he has reported raising this election cycle. The top two groups: defense contractor SAIC (whose PAC has given Rogers $20,000 this election cycle) and Koch Industries (whose PAC has given Rogers over $14,500.)

Educating Americans about bad proposed laws like CISPA is important. But we have to look at the big picture. As long as Members of Congress have to dial for dollars as a part of a corrupted campaign system, their donors will be demanding terrible laws like CISPA.

 

  • R Andrew Ohge

    We have Michigan DNR attacking small farmers while Senator Debbie Stabenow co-writes the 2012 Farm Bill (now in the House) that overall favors Big Ag, and now a Michigan Congressman wants to give a powerful tool for spying on Small Business and Consumers to the Big Interests…what else is for sale in Michigan besides Chryslers?

  • Yawn. Remember when Rick Santorum proposed a bill to eliminate the National Weather Service after a $5,000 contribution from AccuWeather? What else is new? Everything in this country is up for bid except the work force.

    The 99% have zero input in the political process and have been reduced to use as cannon fodder in foreign wars for profit. No wonder it’s so difficult for today’s youth to find employment. It is purposeful. A majority of our kids have no promise of employment or further education unless it’s through military service. Then politicians cut military benefits (not weapon programs) and look the other way as for-profit schools and payday loan/mortgage companies prey on them. If they are not literally bled dry on foreign soil, they will be metaphorically bled dry when they return home.

    They are all corrupt. How can we get rid of them? We can’t. Why can’t we raise their salaries, federally finance campaign costs and banish all outside contributions? These steps in themslves would eventually balance the budget. Answer: because they make the laws and have to vote against their own interests. It’s like sitting in a company meeting and saying, “I have a solution to save the company, let’s cut management’s income. Let’s take a vote.” Yeah right. Plus, we couldn’t raise their salaries high enough to make up the income that they would lose in legal bribe money.

    Rick Perry and hundreds of others have been politicians all their lives and are now multi-millionaires. Wanna guess how that happened?

  • Avaritia

    Also in the news, fish swim in the ocean & bears shit in the woods! Read all about it.

  • guest

    This time I hope Obama does more than threaten to veto, just do it!!

  • x_Warrior

    SOPA, PIPA, CISPA…what’s next in order to have a corporate owned government control the last free(mostly) medium of information?

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