Senator Refuses iPod; Fears It Might Influence His Pro-RIAA Views?
from the can't-have-divided-interests dept
Earlier this year, we noted that Senator Ted Stevens had been suggesting that his views towards the RIAA and copyrights might be changing... in part because he now owned an iPod. It appears that IPac, the political action committee formed to push for public interest cultural and technology issues realized that perhaps more of our elected officials need iPods. So, they began a campaign to raise money to buy Senators iPods, hoping that perhaps a few more would see the same light Senator Stevens saw. On the list was Senator Conrad Burns, who in the last year appears to have accepted just shy of $60,000 from the entertainment industry -- putting him in 4th place on the list of who has received the most money from the entertainment industry. IPac (whose website is unfortunately down) did everything by the book and sent Burns an iPod -- as a perfectly legal contribution valued at $316.94. Burns, however, can't have any of that, and sent the iPod back, claiming he couldn't accept it (found via Digg). Obviously, this is a bit of a publicity stunt by IPac, but it would be nice of Burns gave a more thorough explanation for the money he's taken from the industry -- and why he feels a little contribution from the "other side" for balance is problematic.