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Berkeley, CA —The internet privacy advocates fighting CISPA, a bill that would make it easier for private sector companies to share user data with the federal government, have made significant progress since the bill was originally introduced in the 112th Congress. Several major web companies that had supported the bill in the last session of Congress (Facebook, Microsoft, and others) have withdrawn their support for the bill this session, citing concerns about privacy.

CISPA is currently sitting in the House Intelligence Committee, awaiting approval from the Committee before it can be voted on in the House. The committee process is generally considered the most crucial stage in the legislative process for determining whether a bill succeeds or fails. It is where the vast majority of bills die.

Data: According to a MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to House members from July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012:

  • Interest groups supporting CISPA (including organizations such as AT&T, IBM, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Comcast) gave $55 million to House members.
  • Interest groups opposing CISPA (including organizations such as American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Media and Democracy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, U.S. PIRG) gave $4 million to House members.
  • House members have received, on average, 13 times more money in campaign contributions from pro-CISPA organizations than from anti-CISPA organizations.
  • House Intelligence Committee members have received, on average, 15 times more money in campaign contributions from pro-CISPA organizations than from anti-CISPA organizations.

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from interest groups supporting and opposing CISPA to House members serving in the 113th Congress from July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012. Contribution data source: OpenSecrets.org. If you use MapLight data, please cite accordingly.

A link to this report written by Donny Shaw can be found here.

MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan research organization that tracks money's influence on politics