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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RE: Corruption
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Feb 2013 23:25 UTC in reply to "Corruption"
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No corruption is actually buying their votes. Lobbying ( if done in a legal manner) is just supposed to be arguing for a policy position with only the carrot/stick of re-election. It is a bit unfair, in that the wealthy are heard much louder than those without the means.

Real corruption is more quid pro quo. Hey, you! Vote my way and I'll drop an envelop of unmarked bills on your doorstep.

Sadly, that's only slightly worse than what is really legal now. Hey, you! vote my way and I'll set up a super pac to support your next election, fueled by unlimited cash to make up slanderous claims against your opponent! Its really citizens united that needs to be repealed more than anything else right now.

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