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3 questions really? 1) why is it that every Senator who voted against Net Neutrality also received money from ISPs, including Rand Paul? 2) why would a Libertarian vote against open markets in internet services? 3) why would the Libertarian cave in for so little cash (about a dime for every dollar McConnell got? Folks, it really is about stopping the flow of corporate money to influence lawmakers. We need campaign finance reform.

Blunt (R-MO) — $1,283,416
McConnell (R-KY) — $1,119,163
Thune (R-SD) — $928,428
Burr (R-NC) — $733,127
Grassley (R-IA) — $727,219
Wicker (R-MS) — $724,850
Hatch (R-UT) — $677,830
Cornyn (R-TX) — $622,125
Isakson (R-GA) — $532,461
Gardner (R-CO) — $523,378
Cochran (R-MS) — $516,280
Graham (R-SC) — $485,442
Roberts (R-KS) — $463,350
Shelby (R-AL) — $443,610
Toomey (R-PA) — $442,778
Heller (R-NV) — $440,750
Moran (R-KS) — $425,850
Portman (R-OH) — $421,058
Rubio (R-FL) — $391,679
Fischer (R-NE) — $381,550
Cruz (R-TX) — $322,505
Barrasso (R-WY) — $311,200
Crapo (R-ID) — $304,559
Alexander (R-TN) — $292,268
Scott (R-SC) — $275,049
Flake (R-AZ) — $268,500
Lee (R-UT) — $256,250
Johnson (R-WI) — $242,730
Inhofe (R-OK) — $231,659
Boozman (R-AR) — $228,050
Enzi (R-WY) — $209,396
Corker (R-TN) — $192,325
Daines (R-MT) — $189,800
Cotton (R-AR) — $177,660
Capito (R-WV) — $171,699
Cassidy (R-LA) — $163,999
Perdue (R-GA) — $133,450
Tillis (R-NC) — $124,700
Sullivan (R-AK) — $123,650
Rounds (R-SD) — $120,898
Young (R-IN) — $118,650
Lankford (R-OK) — $116,550
Paul (R-KY) — $116,278
Hoeven (R-ND) — $108,520
Sasse (R-NE) — $75,950
Risch (R-ID) — $59,750
Ernst (R-IA) — $44,500

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Amanda Congdon made this video when she was on rocketboom a few years ago. Pretty good explanation of net neutrality

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Huh....civil service. What a novel idea.

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I remember when so called "net neutrality" legislation was being brought in, the argument against it at the time was that it was the crony capitalist response to rapidly advancing technology.

Entrenched telecoms thought that without taking steps to effectively lock new players out of the market using regulation, they would be surpassed by a flood of new competition as new technologies came online. That would explain why the 400 page law that resulted seems to be deliberately convoluted and expensive to comply with.

Big telecom companies can afford to employ dozens of people to comply with complex regulations, but little startups don't have that sort of budget. So the more complex the regulations are, the more it tends to favor big players.

As you might have noticed from the Zuckerberg hearing, politicians don't know sht about technology, well fun fact, they don't know sht about anything, so they tend to rely on industry lobbyists to write legislation, and that makes it all too easy for influential companies to obtain legislation that favors them.

"It's taken for granted that lobbyists influence legislation. But perhaps less obvious is that they often write the actual bills — even word for word."
https://www.npr.org/sections/it...write-the-bill

Whoa whoa whoa, to what libertarian might you be referring? Certainly not Rand Paul, I hope, as he's no libertarian and doesn't claim to be.

@VicZinc Clearly not!

I didn't know there were any libertarians in congress. That's news to me.

Just the same bunch of criminals we usually have...

Amazing. Not one Democrat!! So I am to believe that Democrat lawmakers do not take corporate money? your intent is obvious.

@jobbyns Amazing. Not one Democrat!! So I am to believe that Democrat lawmakers do not take corporate money? your...

Actually if you want to post a list of democrats who take donations and then vote a in favor of those corps i will up-vote it.

I do not like corporate donation to either side.

@VicZinc Actually if you want to post a list of democrats who take donations and then vote a in favor of those corps i will...

Where have you been, Vic?
Oh, that's right... selectively looking for reasons to be outraged at Republicans, as if we didn't know. hello smilie

These are political donations by lawyers and lobbyists:
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https://www.opensecrets.org/ind...ndus.php?Ind=K

@Thinkerbell Where have you been, Vic? Oh, that's right... selectively looking for reasons to be outraged at Republicans, as if...

This has to stop. Please support candidates willing to address campaign finance reform.

Also, Thinkerbell thanks for this. If you can provide a list of donors I will gladly boycott their products and services.

@VicZinc This has to stop. Please support candidates willing to address campaign finance reform. Also, Thinkerbell thanks...

The names of of a lot of donor firms are in the link, but I don't know whom they may be representing.

@Thinkerbell The names of of a lot of donor firms are in the link, but I don't know whom they may be representing.

That's what I thought.

I will look for specific pro left special interest groups and post a similar complaint about them.

I dislike politicians in pockets no matter what side they claim to be on.

@Thinkerbell The names of of a lot of donor firms are in the link, but I don't know whom they may be representing.

I really am trying here.

Biggest I could find was about $355,000 to Hillary from the all big-pharma lobbies

Here's what I found for Dem's in general

From Big Oil
Heitkamp, Heidi (D-ND) $273,394

From Pro Environmentalist
Member Amount
Baer, Lauren (D-FL) $2,700
Huffman, Jared (D-CA) $2,700
Pureval, Aftab (D-OH) $2,700
Soderberg, Nancy (D-FL) $2,700

From Carpenters Union
McGovern, James P (D-MA) $11,075
Aguilar, Pete (D-CA) $10,000
Brownley, Julia (D-CA) $10,000
Bustos, Cheri (D-IL) $10,000
Carbajal, Salud (D-CA) $10,000
Cardenas, Tony (D-CA) $10,000
Cartwright, Matt (D-PA) $10,000
Cicilline, David (D-RI) $10,000
Clark, Katherine (D-MA) $10,000
Coleman, Bonnie (D-NJ) $10,000
Cook, Paul (R-CA) $10,000
Costello, Ryan (R-PA) $10,000
Courtney, Joe (D-CT) $10,000
Crist, Charlie (D-FL) $10,000
Davis, Paul (D-KS) $10,000
DeLauro, Rosa L (D-CT) $10,000
Denham, Jeff (R-CA) $10,000
Desaulnier, Mark (D-CA) $10,000
Dingell, Debbie (D-MI) $10,000

I know there has to be more.

Must be the biased media is not reporting it.

A self-described "techie" voiced doubts about "net neutrality" years ago, when it was first implemented. His concern was that the 332-page FCC regulations put too much power in the hands of the biggest monopoly of all... the government.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jo.../#7c57f6ed70d5

And indeed, one has to wonder why every single Democrat in the Senate is for it. Recent Democrats are best known for advocating freedom of expression only if you agree with them; otherwise it's hate speech.

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