Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 22:28 UTC, submitted by bowkota
In the News "The last time we looked at Silicon Valley's lobbying efforts, Google was the big spender and Apple the piker. That hasn't changed much in the past nine months. In fact, Google increased its political spending in 2012 - a Presidential election year - by nearly 90%, while Apple reduced its by 13%." Anti-SOPA or no, that's a hell of a lot of money. This should be illegal - it's thinly veiled corruption.
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Corruption
by bowkota on Mon 18th Feb 2013 23:16 UTC
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This should be illegal - it's thinly veiled corruption.

It pretty much is
Here's the definition on Wikipedia.

Lobbying (also lobby) is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies

If that isn't a form of corruption then I don't know what is. The only upside to this is that it's a bit more open than the alternative. There's very detailed info on opensecrets.org.

Furthermore, quite a few of these tech companies spend money for the advancement of science and technology (obviously because it's in their interest but it's still a positive outcome).

Edited 2013-02-18 23:17 UTC

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