Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Brief Reprieve on FISA: What Now?

But Why Did 94 House Democrats Change Their Votes on FISA?

June 25th, 2008 by DAMOZEL

In March, , the House passed an amendment that rejected retroactive immunity for telecoms that assisted the NSA in illegal wiretapping. Most of us have wondered what happened to change the minds of 94 Democrats. What happened between June 20 and March 14 to change 94 Democratic hearts and minds?

The answer might well be simple: money. Could it be that simple? has published a breakdown of contributions received from Telco PACS by the 94 Dems who experienced the change of heart. [ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Berkeley, California. Its search engine at illuminates the connection between Money And Politics (MAP) via an unprecedented database of campaign contributions and legislative outcomes.’]

Here’s the bottom line:

Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint gave PAC contributions averaging:

$8,359 to each Democrat who changed their position to support immunity for Telcos (94 Dems)
$4,987 to each Democrat who remained opposed to immunity for Telcos (116 Dems)

88 percent of the Dems who changed to supporting immunity (83 Dems
of the 94) received PAC contributions from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint
during the last three years (Jan. 2005-Mar. 2008). (

Of course the average amount received is a bit misleading. A few of the very prominent Dems who changed their votes took a lot more than $8000. According to this website,

Nancy Pelosi [CA], Speaker of the House, allegedly received $24,500.

Steny Hoyer [MD] allegedly received $29,000.

James Clyburn [SC] allegedly received $29,500.

Rahm Emanuel [IL] allegedly received $28,000.

Frederick Boucher [VA] allegedly received $27,500.

Gregory Meeks [NY] allegedly received $26,000.

A Brief Reprieve on FISA: What Now?

November 23, 2007

Your cellphone with its GPS receiver is a great way for criminals and all of us to be tracked by the police and whomever else wants to track us with or without a court order. You didn't use those Civil Liberties anyway! Even on TV they always say on cop shows that they need to read the suspects their Miranda Rights and a warrant is needed before anything is done...BUT...that's not the case anymore. Anything can be found out about you at any time for any reason without any due process thanks to the Patriot Act.


  1. Nancy Hoyer, has a nice ring to it huh...Excuse me. I think I'm going to Euuurope...):

  2. Follow the money.

    Can it always be that simple?

    No. But it certainly covers up a multitude of sins.

    At a point it stops being about money.

    And all about power.

  3. ....zzzzzzZZZZZZZ**

    You rang?

    Maybe we ought to pass one around to Nancy and 'Stony'?


  4. The Bill of Rights is now some wacko liberal document.

    Time to move on.

    Nothing left to see here.

    Isn't this all old news now?

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