GoDaddy's Chief SOPA Supporter Now Running For Arizona Governor Highlighting Her 'Internet' Experience

from the oh-really-now? dept

As anyone who followed the SOPA fight remembers, GoDaddy was an early (and vocal) supporter of SOPA. This was mainly the work of its General Counsel, Christine Jones, who (prior to SOPA specifically being released) testified before Congress in support of a law sounding very much like SOPA (supporting making search engines, service providers, credit card companies and others liable). When SOPA was released, she wrote an op-ed strongly in favor of it for Politico (who appear to have made it disappear), calling the bill "a welcome step in the right direction." She did this even though -- under the bill's initial definition -- GoDaddy itself was clearly "dedicated to theft of property."

As you probably remember, the internet backlash was strong, and GoDaddy had to drop its support, giving the company a major black eye. Since then, a very large percentage of the management team has changed, including Jones, who left the company a few months after SOPA collapsed.

What's she up to these days? Oh, she's just running for governor of Arizona... on the basis of her wonderful "internet" experience. That seems... wrong. The "about" section on her campaign page kicks off with this:
Christine made it a priority to establish Go Daddy as a leader in the fight to make the Internet better and safer for users, particularly children. She has testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional Committees in Washington, D.C. about various issues related to the Internet. She also helped drive federal Internet-related legislation, including laws to keep the Web safe from child predators and rogue online pharmacies. For example, she helped push through bills such as the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, the Protect Our Children Act, and the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act. These bills were signed into law by President Bush in October 2008 and have been used by law enforcement and others to shut down illegal online drug sellers and to prosecute online child predators.
Nothing about SOPA, you see. But she does highlight these kinds of grandstanding laws that have great titles that sound like they're trying to make the internet safer from evil things like fake drugs and sexual predators. In reality, most of these bills have done nothing particularly useful. That's because they were all about getting headlines so politicians could claim they were doing something about some "big problem" without tackling the actual underlying problems. In some cases, they have serious problems. The "Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators" made all registered sex offenders register their emails in a weak attempt to keep them off of social networks (even when the "offenders" did not have a history of being predators or anything like that).

These are the kinds of bills that someone supports because they want more political cred, not because they have any interest in actually solving real problems. Either way, it just seems really wrong for a person who was heavily involved in supporting SOPA in the early days to now be running for political office arguing that she was focused on making the internet "a better place."


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    Guardian, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 9:39am

    dick hea dof the year award goes to

    go on guess...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 9:49am

    GoDaddy's history is worth exploring

    They are no friend of the Internet -- and never have been.

    Their early history includes copious self-promoting spamming; they then graduated into mass registration/hosting of spammers, phishers, malware, etc., while simultaneously making a grandstanding show of their utterly ineffective "abuse desk" -- which frequently forwarded complaints TO THE ABUSERS. And of course they've supported any kind of legislation -- no matter how awful for the Internet -- that they think will boost their profits.

    So this is really no surprise: it's exactly what we've come to expect from the scumbags at GoDaddy.

     

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    Herp Derp, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 9:52am

    A ringing endorsement it is not.

    Having Governor* Bush sign your championed bills into law is not exactly the sort of ringing endorsement many people will be waiting for.

    (* Been watching George Carlin's works recently)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 10:11am

    Why no screed every time a co-sponsor (not a mere private sector witness) ins for office? There must be close to 100 senators and congressmen who sponsored these bills, yet no mention. Why is this woman being singled out for special treatment. How come no diatribe when the actual co-sponsors of the bills run for re-election?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 10:24am

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      Honestly, the entire article could be shortened to "Someone from GoDaddy is running for governor".

      Short, gets to the point, the point being that yet another piece of shit is running for governor.

      Nothing good ever came from GoDaddy.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 5:33pm

      Re:

      screed:
      a long and often angry piece of writing that usually accuses someone of something or complains about something
      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screed

      - doesn't look all that long
      - didn't find any anger
      - didn't find any accusations
      - not really complaints, but they are justified

      Not really a screed then. Care to pick another word from your bag of tricks?


      diatribe:
      an angry and usually long speech or piece of writing that strongly criticizes someone or something
      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diatribe

      - didn't find any anger
      - doesn't look all that long
      - not really criticism, but is justified

      Not really a diatribe then. Care to pick another word from your bag of tricks?

      Why do you not identify your reasons for your, most likely, support of this person?

      You must be new here, otherwise you would be aware of past discussions in which most if not all supporters of SOPA were mentioned, no special treatment.

      I find your lack of objectivity to be quite telling.

       

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    Gwiz (profile), Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 10:14am

    ...she wrote an op-ed strongly in favor of it for Politico (who appear to have made it disappear)....


    ...the internet backlash was strong, and GoDaddy had to drop its support, giving the company a major black eye.






    Geez, you'd think that someone touting their "internet experience" would realize that the internet never forgets anything.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 10:18am

    Just what we need, more short sighted politicians!

    She supported a law that would have made her own company be declared 'dedicated to the theft of property' and gotten it shut down for breaking the law! We need more short sighted politicians like that! Imagine all the trouble she can cause running a whole state as governor!

    -She could borrow tons of money for lavish and expensive things for the state, and then be SHOCKED when she realizes the state has to pay that money back years later, and has to pay big amounts in interest every year on that money to!

    -She could shut down state services that she and everyone else benefit from, and then be SHOCKED when she can't use those state services! For example, she could make the decision to shut down all the state run rest stops to save some money by not having to clean and maintain them (a few states have done this in recent years) and then be SHOCKED when out campaigning that she can't use the public rest stops because they're closed!

    -She could raise taxes on everyone, and then be SHOCKED come tax day that she's owes more in taxes then she expected!

    -She could pass laws that make things she does everyday a criminal act, only to be SHOCKED when the police arrest her, and her attorney general files criminal charges against her!

     

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    aldestrawk (profile), Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 10:46am

    top 10 Go Daddy girl outfits Christine should wear

     

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    Zos (profile), Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 11:19am

    seems to have no facebook page to bomb with this story...

     

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    Vic, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 11:23am

    Thanks for the heads-up!

    As an Arizonan I'll make sure to share this valuable information with a few of my friends...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 12:00pm

    Oh yay, another politician who tried to put liability on someone else other than herself is running for governor.

    That should be like a taboo word for them, 'liability'.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 12:07pm

    another double standards political wanna be who will stab everyone necessary in the back to get her where she wants to be!
    perhaps there are those that will be keen to repay the favor?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 12:12pm

    For example, she helped push through bills such as ... the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act.

    I find this funny in light of GoDaddy having used commercials loaded with sexual innuendo to sell their product.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 12:23pm

    Being able to use Hotmail does not count.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 1:40pm

    Ever notice that the people championing these legal travesties are always lawyers or folks conned by them? I've always thought that the process of getting a law degree removed the soul and conscience of the student receiving it. This just proves it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 1:54pm

    Az would be stupid enough to vote for her.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 2:01pm

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 1:54pm

      AZ is chock full of Teabaggers. She will probably be the belle of the ball.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 2:35pm

    Fuck you GoDaddy, LeaseWeb, NSA, MPAA, RIAAAAAAAA

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2013 @ 5:23pm

    And her biggest supporters are the MPAA and RIAA she'll win this hands down and big money prevails in our bought and paid for elections

     

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    RyanNerd (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 11:11am

    Here's a funny video Christine made herself

    From the article:
    ...the former GoDaddy attorney seems to misunderstand nearly everything about Arizona politics and geography in one fell swoop.

     

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    Sheogorath (profile), Oct 24th, 2013 @ 5:50pm

    Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act

    Isn't that the law which protects US drug companies from competition?

     

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