Motherboard has a letter sent yesterday by 107 Republican members of Congress to FCC Chair Ajit Pai, Trump appointee and the ringleader of the Republican vote to gut Net Neutrality protections. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce and its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology released the letter, but honestly – the whole operation is pretty sloppy-looking. There’s no printed list of the signers and quite a few of the signatures are illegible. So, unless you can tell us you recognize somebody’s signature, it looks like the only signer from New Jersey is Leonard Lance. Is that possible?
Earlier this week, Center for Responsive Politics and The Verge published a list of how much money each of the 535 members of Congress have gotten from the telecom industry since 1989. That’s Leonard Lance’s take: $290,550. Numbers for the rest of the NJ delegation are below. Theres no direct correlation between how big the haul and the stand on net neutrality. Unless of course you take party into account.
Frank Pallone’s contributions from that sector are by far the highest in the delegation, among the highest among all House members. But his committee assignment has something to do with that; he’s Ranking Member on House Energy & Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the internet, telecommunications and the FCC. And he manages – over the $814,919 he’s taken in from telecom sector – to be on the right side of this issue. Here’s Pallone outside FCC today with the protesters (Facebook Live). Lance, also on that committee (and vice-chair of Communications & Technology subcommittee) lets us down again.
TELECOM INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTIONS: NJ CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
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