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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Government by Lobby
by benali72 on Tue 19th Feb 2013 03:21 UTC
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That large contributors like Google contribute millions to both political parties indicates a corrupted political system. They're not trying to influence legislation, they're trying to buy protection.

Legislation can no longer be passed in the US without the agreement of the companies affected. The Citizens United decision is at the root of the problem.

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