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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Quite the opposite of illegal
by pianom4n on Tue 19th Feb 2013 23:10 UTC
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I don't think many people realize that the right to lobby is guaranteed by the 1st Amendment:

Congress shall make no law ... abridging .. the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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