CISPA Lobbying and Protecting Privacy in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Cyber Threats and Malware

SOPA and PIPA are not the only online privacy debates on Capitol Hill. Last November, a billed aimed at protecting against cyber threats, called Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was introduced. Since its introduction, CISPA has come under fire for violating boundaries of internet privacy and neutrality. It is still unclear if President […]

Chris Dodd: Washington’s Ultimate Insider

Christopher Dodd, who turned 68 last month, built a reputation during his nearly 35 years in Congress for his skill in cultivating friendships, cutting deals and raising funds to enable him to gain power and push major initiatives into law, the most recent of which bears his name: the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and […]

The Internet World Storms Washington

This Congress’s high-profile debate on legislation aimed at combating online piracy unleashed a flood of lobbying spending and maneuvering that brought to light the powerful forces of the Internet world. Google, Yahoo, and many other Internet-related businesses achieved what some considered a hard earned — and high priced — coup against the powerful entertainment […]

Movie Industry Regroups After Setbacks

And the Oscar for best lobby campaign in the past year goes to … well, definitely not the Motion Picture Association of America. The movie business lost a big showdown last month when the House and Senate postponed votes on anti-piracy bills. The industry’s efforts in Washington were overwhelmed not only by the lobbyists for […]

Google Lobby Tab Highest Ever

Sometimes a chart speaks volumes. Google’s lobby expenditures shot up dramatically in 2011. The company’s most recent report shows fourth-quarter spending of $3.76 million, its largest amount yet. Altogether, it spent nearly $9.7 million in 2011. Yet our bar graph doesn’t tell the whole story. Web companies won big last month in their successful effort […]

Markham Erickson – The Man Fighting for the Internet’s Freedom

Wednesday’s Internet “blackout” by many leading Internet companies — including Google, Wikipedia, and, among others — brought widespread public attention to online piracy legislation being considered on Capitol Hill and satisfaction to at least one leading lobbyist as it appeared to cause a further scramble among lawmakers in both the House and Senate. “We’re […]

A Look At The Companies Expected To Lobby SOPA

As tech titans line up against 112 H.R.3261: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  The First Street Research Group takes a look at the lobbying activity around a similar bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and passsed in September, 112 S.968: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011.  The lobbying activity on […]