The top five beneficiaries of campaign donations from supporters of
SOPA and PIPA — amounting to a sum of over $1 million — were all
SOPA and PIPA may be in zombie mode, having burned up in the fire of SOPA “Blackout Day” protests and the largest attack by Anonymous on record, but activists who opposed the legislation understand that the Internet wars have only just begun.
Barrett Brown, often recognized as a public face of Anonymous,
announced that his own group, Project PM, will be keeping an eye on
Democratic congressmen who hope to “quietly support” the legislation.
“Yesterday my ProjectPM group began preparations for a campaign to go
after any Democratic congressmen who hope to quietly support SOPA
without drawing any negative attention that might damage their cred
among liberals,” Brown told the Daily Caller in an email.
While Republicans evacuated their support of SOPA and PIPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, and the Protect IP Act
in the Senate — en masse Wednesday and Thursday after constituents
flooded their offices with calls and emails, only a few Democrats did
The bills were promoted as bipartisan legislation, but the top five
beneficiaries of campaign donations from supporters of SOPA and PIPA —
amounting to a sum of over $1 million — were all Democrats.
The Daily Caller previously reported that Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, who until Friday had planned on introducing PIPA to the
Senate floor as a “jobs bill,” received over $3.5 million dollars in campaign donations.
“OpDonkeyPunch is currently in information-gathering phase, ” Brown
told The Daily Caller, “we had intended to begin work tonight, but the
change in situation now needs to be assessed. This will give us time to
decide who is most vulnerable to a series of targeted propaganda
campaigns of the sort that will bring attention to themselves and their
donors, among other things.”
“OpDonkeyPunch” was first reported during the “OpMegaUpload” firestorm Thursday by RT.com.
The Democratic Party has often been the financial and intellectual
beneficiary of Hollywood glamour; President Barack Obama’s own
presidential campaigns benefit
from the pockets of movie stars. When the Democratic-led Federal
Communications Commission voted to pass so-called “net neutrality”
regulations, which placed Internet service providers at the whim of
government regulators, it was the Democrats who upheld the regulation
against a Republican-led effort to overrule the regulation and bring
“net neutrality” into the congressional forum for debate.
Former Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who was named chairman
and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America in March 2011, said
in a statement on the MPAA blog (where readers can also download a
hi-res photo of Dodd) that the MPAA hopes “the dynamics of the
conversation can change and become a sincere discussion about how best
to protect the millions of American jobs affected by the theft of
American intellectual property.”
The bills in their current incarnation were declared dead on Friday
following announcements by Reid and SOPA’s sponsor, Texas Republican
Rep. Lamar Smith. When asked by The Daily Caller whether or not
Anonymous would strike back again should another so-called piracy bill
come down the pipe, Brown responded:
“I’m not yet sure what Anonymous will do when this comes back on the
table — that will depend on the new form that SOPA and PIPA take, but
it will certainly involve more DDOS attacks, at the very least.”http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/20/anonymous-splinter-group-now-targeting-democrats-for-sopa-support/
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