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daa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-25-08 11:50 AM
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6. Maplight.org has it
HOUSE DEMS WHO CHANGED THEIR VOTE TO SUPPORT FISA BILL, GIVING IMMUNITY TO TELCOS, RECEIVED, ON AVERAGE, $8,359 IN PAC CONTRIBUTIONS FROM VERIZON, AT&T, AND SPRINT



BERKELEY, CALast week, on June 20, the House of Representatives approved a compromise bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). The bill sets new electronic surveillance rules that effectively shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits resulting from the governments warrantless eavesdropping on phone calls and viewing of emails of private citizens in the U.S. Approximately 40 lawsuits have been filed with potential damages totaling in the billions of dollars.

On March 14 of this year the House passed an amendment that rejected retroactive immunity for phone carriers who helped the National Security Agency carry out the illegal wiretapping program without proper warrants. Ninety-four House Democrats voted in favor of this measure--rejecting immunity--on March 14, then changed to vote in favor of the June 20 House bill--approving immunity.

Why did these ninety-four House members have a change of heart? asked Daniel Newman, executive director of MAPLight.org, Their constituents deserve answers.

MAPLight.org's research department compiled PAC campaign contributions from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint and correlated them with the voting records of all House members who voted on last weeks FISA bill. (The analysis used data from CRP; contributions were from January 2005 through March 2008). Here are the findings:

http://www.maplight.org/FISA_June08
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