Revolving Door: Sixteen Former Judiciary Committee Staff Are Lobbying Congress Concerning SOPA

from the feeling-of-corruption dept

We recently wrote about two Congressional staffers who were very active in the SOPA/PIPA debate leaving Congress to work as lobbyists for the entertainment industry, helping to get those bills passed. This is a well-trodden path. The Sunlight foundation highlights how there are sixteen former Judiciary Committee staffers currently lobbying over copyright issues, and the vast, vast majority of them are working for groups in favor of these bills. There are just two working for those opposed to the bills. This kind of revolving door between Congress and lobbyists remains quite troubling. At the very least, it raises questions about who the staffers are really working for when they’re in Congress: the people… or their future employers?

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The eejit (profile) says:

They all should be shot for treason and terrorism against the general public. Copyright, as is, is horribly skewed in favour of a small number of “Imaginary People” (oh, look, that abbreviates to IP! What are the odds?) at the expense of the general public, who are treated like terorists and criminals for doing what is federally mandated in the Constitution.

The time to take arms is now. As soon as SOPA is signed into law, report every single Congressman/Senators’s website who voted for this for copyright infringement to everyone, as well as every single major studio, label and TV station. Then, perhaps, after all their money has been frozen, their sites seized and no definitive recourse given, they might understand.

These traitorous fucks deserve nothing. Not even mockery.

Planespotter (profile) says:

Part of the economy of influence that corrupts our government today is that Capitol Hill has become, as Representative Jim Cooper put it, a “farm league for K Street.”

Watch Lessig @ Google on Youtube.

Campaign donations/contributions when in Government = Jobs after Government… and that goes for researchers, secretaries and all the usual Senate / Congress hangers on.

Get the $ out of Government.

pbarker (profile) says:

Re: S M E A R

I would think you, AC, of all people would oppose SOPA/PIPA.

Once these bills pass and become law, ICE will start seizing web sites at an incredible rate, likely starting with Techdirt!

When Mike is no longer on the web – what will you do with your time?

Maybe just sit there and mock round things for not having corners?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: S M E A R

Why would they seize Techdirt? Mike is full of himself, but he rarely if even intentionally breaks the law.

Perhaps you would like to scare monger some more, maybe you will tell me that the http protocol will be outlawed and we will all be stuck back using Archie.

“Maybe just sit there and mock round things for not having corners?”

Nah, I’ll just mock idiots for not adding much to the discussion.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: S M E A R

I would think you, AC, of all people would oppose SOPA/PIPA.

Once these bills pass and become law, ICE will start seizing web sites at an incredible rate, likely starting with Techdirt!

Really FUDboy? That’s all you got?

When Mike is no longer on the web – what will you do with your time?

Watch the anti-terror internet surveillance bill unfold

The eejit (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Swing and a miss. These people all had jobs in Congress, at one level or another. They now “lobby” on behalf of vested interests to get the laws they want.

Even India at the hieight of its corruption problems didn’t do so quite so openly as Congress. This says almost as much about the psyche of those on the Hill as it does about those same vested interests.

The whole system needs torching in order for Americs to survive as a republic, and not a dictatorship.

Dave Records (profile) says:

From Government to Lobbyist

When I sign a contract for consulting, part of the contract is a non-compete clause for anywhere from a year to two. We should have the same clause for congressional staff and elected representatives, only it should be 5 years so there original contacts in Congress have grown cold. Better yet, do away with lobbying, but at least the non-lobby clause would be a start.

tsavory (profile) says:

Movie Ref

In the movie distinguished gentleman Eddie Murphy implied it best at the end when he made references to all the cons he pulled before were nothing compared to the ones he pulled in congress only difference is the ones in congress were legal.
i would have quoted hi but I don’t remember the exact words and I would not want Techdirt taken down for infringement even if I did.

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