Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), a co-sponsor and major supporter of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), deleted a retweet of an analysis of contributions to lawmakers from pro-CISPA companies.No, Mike Rogers definitely didn't want to spread the word from a MapLight report that detailed campaign contributions to the members who are considering CISPA. That would be because MapLight found that "House Intelligence Committee members have received, on average, 15 times more money in campaign contributions from pro-CISPA organizations than from anti-CISPA organizations."
No wonder the House Intelligence Committee hasn't made substantive changes to the bill since last year. They're being very well-rewarded for not doing so. Some of the big names in the pro-CISPA fight include AT&T, IBM, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Comcast. Anti-CISPA forces, like the ACLU, Center for Media and Democracy, and Electronic Frontier Foundation sure can't compete on that level.
That's where the netroots comes in. We've made enough noise about the immense threat to privacy rights this bill represents to get Microsoft and Facebook to withdraw their support. Let's keep at it. How better than with help from President Obama? He opposed this bill in the last Congress, and needs to oppose it again.