RIAA & MPAA spend millions lobbying government officials

RIAA & MPAA spend millions lobbying government officials.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/08/nT6OX2.jpg[/newsimage]A disclosure report indicates the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) invested around $430,000 for lobbying during the second quarter of 2010.

Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/riaa-mpaa-spend-millions-lobbying-government-officials-33839/](http://www.myce.com/news/riaa-mpaa-spend-millions-lobbying-government-officials-33839/)

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How did the forefathers of the US constitution not see that companies/agencies/lobbyists would try to buy laws? They were so worried about preventing another Monarchy, that it seemed to slip them.

I still think stuff like this goes against the original nature of the United States and its constitution. I really don’t think they had the rich buying the laws in mind in the late 1700’s.

but they did not even see at that time all people voting either, only land owners were allowed to vote when this country was started. since land owners were the big business of that time I guess that what they did not see at that time was the little people expecting a government for them. Which we still do not have.

When the Constitution was written, only white male property owners (about 10 to 16 percent of the nation’s population) had the vote. Over the past two centuries, though, the term “government by the people” has become a reality. During the early 1800s, states gradually dropped property requirements for voting. Later, groups that had been excluded previously gained the right to vote. Other reforms made the process fairer and easier.
1790 Only white male adult property-owners have the right to vote.
1810 Last religious prerequisite for voting is eliminated.
1850 Property ownership and tax requirements eliminated by 1850. Almost all adult white males could vote.
1855 Connecticut adopts the nation’s first literacy test for voting. Massachusetts follows suit in 1857. The tests were implemented to discriminate against Irish-Catholic immigrants.
1870 The 15th Amendment is passed. It gives former slaves the right to vote and protects the voting rights of adult male citizens of any race.
1889 Florida adopts a poll tax. Ten other southern states will implement poll taxes.
1890 Mississippi adopts a literacy test to keep African Americans from voting. Numerous other states—not just in the south—also establish literacy tests. However, the tests also exclude many whites from voting. To get around this, states add grandfather clauses that allow those who could vote before 1870, or their descendants, to vote regardless of literacy or tax qualifications.
1913 The 17th Amendment calls for members of the U.S. Senate to be elected directly by the people instead of State Legislatures.
1915 Oklahoma was the last state to append a grandfather clause to its literacy requirement (1910). In Guinn v. United States the Supreme Court rules that the clause is in conflict with the 15th Amendment, thereby outlawing literacy tests for federal elections.
1920 The 19th Amendment guarantees women’s suffrage.
1924 Indian Citizenship Act grants all Native Americans the rights of citizenship, including the right to vote in federal elections.
1944 The Supreme Court outlaws “white primaries” in Smith v. Allwright (Texas). In Texas, and other states, primaries were conducted by private associations, which, by definion, could exclude whomever they chose. The Court declares the nomination process to be a public process bound by the terms of 15th Amendment.
1957 The first law to implement the 15th amendment, the Civil Rights Act, is passed. The Act set up the Civil Rights Commission—among its duties is to investigate voter discrimination.
1960 In Gomillion v. Lightfoot (Alabama) the Court outlaws "gerrymandering."
1961 The 23rd Amendment allows voters of the District of Columbia to participate in presidential elections.
1964 The 24th Amendment bans the poll tax as a requirement for voting in federal elections.
1965 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., mounts a voter registration drive in Selma, Alabama, to draw national attention to African-American voting rights.
1965 The Voting Rights Act protects the rights of minority voters and eliminates voting barriers such as the literacy test. The Act is expanded and renewed in 1970, 1975, and 1982.
1966 The Supreme Court, in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, eliminates the poll tax as a qualification for voting in any election. A poll tax was still in use in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia.
1966 The Court upholds the Voting Rights Act in South Carolina v. Katzenbach.
1970 Literacy requirements are banned for five years by the 1970 renewal of the Voting Rights Act. At the time, eighteen states still have a literacy requirement in place. In Oregon v. Mitchell, the Court upholds the ban on literacy tests, which is made permanent in 1975. Judge Hugo Black, writing the court’s opinion, cited the “long history of the discriminatory use of literacy tests to disenfranchise voters on account of their race” as the reason for their decision.
1971 The 26th amendment sets the minimum voting age at 18.
1972 In Dunn v. Blumstein, the Supreme Court declares that lengthy residence requirements for voting in state and local elections is unconstitutional and suggests that 30 days is an ample period.
1995 The Federal “Motor Voter Law” takes effect, making it easier to register to vote.
2003 Federal Voting Standards and Procedures Act requires states to streamline registration, voting, and other election procedures.

I do not think that even today we have a government by the people because we have companies/agencies/lobbyists/rich/foreign countries buying our government

What are we? Free or are we led to believe we are free by some illusion? Corporations and dirty useless politicians have destroyed this country because of greed.

Yes , I heard a politician today say we need to cut social security because the it is not spending more than it takes in and when he was ask about the billions that the government has borrowed to pay for what big companies wanted and rich people tax cut he said that money could not be counted since it was not there. If there was anything that the American people should stand up for right now is that our government must start paying back the social security money with interest now. Greed has been and always be the one thing that brings down every country sooner or later. It seems so ridicules that anyone would expect to get voted into office when they say things like this.

The other sad part is the system of checks and balances was designed to prevent anyone branch of government (or the president) from having total control of the government.

Now that setup is was prevents any one from ever being able to fix anything.

The concept behind capitalism is that it promotes healthy competition, and hence everyone gets the best product at the best price.

It’s obvious to everyone, except politicians, that the system is being rorted via the use of the legal system (including the patent system), to stifle competition, protect old products from new competition, and hindering development of new & better products and concepts.


If they have all of this money to spend on bribing politicians, shouldn’t they be throwing more toward the people who create the content that keeps their industry in business in the first place? Just sayin’…


Lets make them pay. Remove every one of the bastards next time ya vote

[QUOTE=rla;2541979]Lets make them pay. Remove every one of the bastards next time ya vote[/QUOTE]

Won’t make a difference, in the end all politicians have a price and can be bought and it does not take much to sell out your country.

[QUOTE=rla;2541979]Lets make them pay. Remove every one of the bastards next time ya vote[/QUOTE]

boy would I love that if we could just get enough people in both parties to come togather and do this we would take back our country.

We have another weapon that sooner or later people are going to realize and use. Since the greedy people have made our country a country based on spending all we have to do it make a list of changes that have to be done or we all will cut our spending to minimum.

The weapons we need are there we just need through the internet to get people to use them


[QUOTE=SithTracy;2541665]Free or are we led to believe we are free by some illusion?[/quote] Please state your definition of free(dom) before reading the rest of this post.

Does your definition of freedom allow uncomplicated passage to any other place on this planet?

Does your definition of freedom allow uncomplicated access to any form of media whatever it may be?

Does your definition of freedom allow uncomplicated access to any necessary form of healthcare for you and everyone you know?

Does your definition of freedom allow uncomplicated practicing of any kind of religion you would like to practice?

If any of the answers is not a yes, then you are part of the society you live in, not freedom.

Corporations and dirty useless politicians have destroyed this country because of greed.
Greed isn’t something new.

Greed I thought it was something started in the USA or at least we got most of it

I just hope the RIAA and MPAA give the politicians a life style to which they have grown accustomed. Obviously the taxpayers don’t pay them enough.