By now you’ve probably heard that Congress has voted to overturn FCC rules that forbid ISPs from selling customer data.
It is hard to envision an argument that claims voters were clamoring for this to happen, and yet this is one of the first significant bills that has passed since the 2016 election. Of course, companies such as Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT&T will make a tremendous amount of money selling this data.
The Verge has taken a look at how much it cost these companies, and other ISPs, to buy each member of Congress who voted for the bill.
Disappointingly, the vote in Ohio was by party lines, with all Ohio Republicans voting for, and all Ohio Democrats voting against.
Curious how much it cost to buy Ohio Republicans? Not that much in most cases (Mike Turner will do what you want for a song, evidently.) Have a look below.
All data from The Verge, and please read their note on how the data was compiled:
“Note on the data below: donations include contributions from corporations in the telecom industry and employees of those corporations (individual and non-individual contributions). The largest donors tend to be corporations which contributed funds to the candidate and/ or the candidate’s leadership organization (PAC). All figures only reflect donations tallied for the candidate’s most recent election — many have received total sums much larger than the figure reflected over the course of their career in Congress. Figures are from federal election data compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (www.followthemoney.org).
Additionally, it’s important to note that the communications industry is one of the largest lobbying groups in US history; internet providers and the telephone companies before them are notorious for spreading wealth across the aisle. Regardless, one party seems more responsive to the industry’s demands.”
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