Thursday, March 30, 2017

This is how much money telecom companies paid Michigan Republicans to sell your browser history

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Fred Upton (left) and Bill Huizenga. - WIKIPEDIA
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  • Fred Upton (left) and Bill Huizenga.

You know, we don't really blame you for possibly missing the news that Congress has overturned Obama-era internet privacy safeguards, paving the way for our internet histories to be bought and sold by huge telecom companies. So pretty much, you can say RIP to any privacy that you once had on the internet and hello to your information being sold to advertisers.

Of course, companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon have supported the effort, and as anyone knows, money buys influence in Washington. Going through the National Institute on Money in State Politics, we were able to see how much money each Republican U.S. Representative from Michigan who voted to end internet privacy received from telecom interest groups.

Below are campaign contributions that came from the last election cycle (2016) from telecom companies and individual employees of telecom companies.

John Bergman (R-MI 1st District)
$21,200

Bill Huizenga (R-MI 2nd District)
$7,500

Michael Bishop (R-MI 8th District)
$40,500

John Moolenaar (R-MI 4th District)
$12,500

Fred Upton (R-MI 6th District)
$108,250

David Trott (R-MI 11th District)
$12,500

Timothy Walberg (R-MI 7th District)
$38,500

The vote was largely split along party lines, but Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI 3rd District) voted "no" and Rep. Paul Mitchell's (R-MI 10th District) campaign contributions were not available.


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