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: People don't realize it...
by zima on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 13:56 UTC in reply to "People don't realize it..."
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* Last, but most relevant to this discussion, it greatly diminished the influence and power of groups such as corporate lobbies, special interests and/or rich individuals by forcing them to distribute their influence over 50+ states to get the same results as they would otherwise by lobbying the federal government in DC.

You haven't thought this through - in such scenario, only really wealthy corporations will be able to influence things effectively on a country-scale.

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