Last night I blogged about Mike Doyle’s support of the broadcast flag. I was fortunate enough to have an officemate overhear my call to Doyle’s Washington office (202-225-2135) and ask me what the broadcast flag was. I got my little chance to get on my soapbox and explain. My officemate quickly realized this would be bad for innovation, and saw the problems with it. He then asked me who was really paying for all of this. Off to Open Secrets to find out. Hmm, that’s interesting, the #2 supporter of Mike Doyle, the national association of broadcasters. Here’s the top 10 supporters of Mike Doyle:
|1||Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|2||National Assn of Broadcasters||$7,631|
|5||Assn of Trial Lawyers ofAmerica||$5,000|
|5||Communications Workers of America||$5,000|
|5||Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$5,000|
|5||Paul Magliocchetti Assoc||$5,000|
|10||American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$2,500|
|10||Carpenters & Joiners Union||$2,500|
A little more digging shows that almost 2/3rd of Doyle’s money comes from the Washington DC area, and only about 12% actually comes from Pittsburgh, the area he is supposed to be representing.
Update:More digging reveals that Doyle’s top contributor for the 2004 election was Comcast. Yeah, this guy represents the people.