Franken and Klobuchar on PIPA protests: We heard your concerns

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Though they aren't quite ready to admit PIPA was a bad idea, our senators are now open to "compromise."
Yesterday's online blackouts protesting SOPA and PIPA haven't been ignored by Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, both of whom are co-sponsors of PIPA.

Though both continue to support some form of legislation aimed at curbing foreign piracy, spokesmen for each said that the Senators are now interested in a "compromise."

All the other members of Minnesota's congressional indicated that they either oppose the proposed legislation or are at least leaning toward opposing it.

MinnPost quotes a Klobuchar spokesmen as saying the following:
[Sen. Klobuchar] believes we need to address concerns being raised today and work out a compromise that balances free exchange on the Internet with stopping foreign piracy that hurts our economy.
Striking a similar note, Franken's spokesman said:
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Even Michele Bachmann agrees that SOPA and PIPA should be stopped.
Sen. Franken has heard the concerns that many Minnesotans have voiced over the past few days about the PROTECT IP Act, and he believes we need to reach a compromise that will both keep the Internet free and open and protect American jobs.
Come on senators! It makes sense that as co-sponsors of a wildly unpopular piece of legislation you're now trying to save face. But when each and every other member of your state's congressional delegation agrees that said legislation is a bad idea -- even including Michele Bachmann, who said last October that she has "serious concern about government getting involved in regulation of the internet" and doesn't like "the ambiguities in this legislation" -- then it's probably time to admit the whole thing was a bad idea from the beginning.

In any event, it's comforting to know that yesterday's unprecedented online protests weren't for naught.

See also:
-- Keith Ellison opposes SOPA, joins blackout

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Pro-Life Minnesota
Pro-Life Minnesota

Klobuchar continues to co-sponsor of PIPA after protests! I, Jack Shepard ( am running against Sen. Klobuchar in the Aug. 14 DFL U. S. Senate Primary to eliminate her from the U.S. Senate to make it impossible for her to return to the Senate next year and pass her internet Bill, I - Jack Shepard  am concerned about government regulation of the internet.

visit my  web site www.jackshepardforsenate.com   to learn how we can eliminate Klobuchar to stop her from regulating the internet!

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If you don't believeme, by voting for me is the only way to eliminate Klobuchar from the Senate read this> I am that the only way to elect a Minnesota Republican U.S. Senator on Nov. 6,in the General Election is to beat Sen. Amy Klobuchar in her Minnesota August14 DFL U.S. Senate Primary Eelction then read this because if Amy Klobucharbeats Jack Shepard and get her name on the Minnesota General Election Ballotshe is UNBEATABLE becasue she is the most Popular U.S Senator in America

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Did you all know Amy Klobuchar received campaign contributions totaling more than $18,000 from Tom Petters in 2006?

I wonder if she refunded that money so it could be giving back to the people Tom Petters screwed.  Or perhaps she agrees with the methods in which Tom got this money.

Lot of campaign finance info on ANYBODY and EVERYBODY in those links I provided in my previous posts. (FIND ALL THE DATA HERE- TransparencyData. com)Use it!Be active!Hold them ALL accountable!  (the (r's) and the (d's))

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

According to the bills (house and senate), ONLY Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are among the "Sponsors/Cosponsors"  from Minnesota.

All others represent constituents from another state.Work locally first.  This where your opinion actually means something...

richard garyson
richard garyson

Intellectual property is a sham, no one can own an idea, an image, a song, a computer program. All that can be done is establishing a government that uses brute force to prevent others from exercising their freedom of expression.

Out
Out

I don't care if she's for a compromise now.  Amy Klobuchar is a corporate whore (especially when it comes to sucking off big media) who should be voted out of office.  She co-sponsored a bill that would have curtailed freedom in this country and the world, and probably failed to read/comprehend it.

Chacka
Chacka

Help us Senator Amy!  Somebody wrote something mean on a website.  Please shut this downs!

Diana Rajchel
Diana Rajchel

There's actually an amendment called OPEN that would actually do what SOPA is trying to do.

Kp8311
Kp8311

Wait.. what, now Michele Bachmann is too stupid to not agree with.  I'm confused.

Chelsea
Chelsea

I am an artist.  (With a still blocked out website by the way.  I'm not Wikipedia/Google/Craiglist/etc. so I can protest for longer than a day)  Of COURSE I take Copyright Laws seriously and don't agree with theft of intellectual property.  I ALSO work ironically in the music industry.  Won't go into detail other than to say my work involves being ONLINE all the time.  SOPA & PIPA will NOT make me feel anymore protected as a member of the arts community.  As for my clients I work for, there won't BE a job for me if I can't market using the internet.  Nor will I be able to effectively continue to pursue my own dreams and career aspirations as an artist.  (By the way, the irony is my own blocked out splash page HAPPENS to be Copyright protected.)  As for the IP part of the legislation, that is some scary stuff!  How were activists of Arab Spring or a couple of years ago in Iran able to communicate with all of us?  How are friends of ours in China able to sneak through and get onto Facebook despite the laws in China?  Obviously by changing IP addresses to appear to be in other parts of the world.  That's pretty frightening considering the police brutality I witnessed at RNC '08 and the same police brutality that continues to occur now with Occupy.  (Thank goodness Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen is still ALIVE!  Remember how the Oakland PD nearly killed him?)  Anyway, I just felt the need to weigh in on this serious matter as a member of the arts community who works in the music industry.  I vehemently OPPOSE both SOPA & PIPA.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And it appears that Al Franken has received 678 individual contributions from people in, working for, or tied to the Music/Movie/Cable/network TV industry or these industries themselves.The individual contributions ranged from $100-5000 each.  The average Contribution was around $2000And these are just the "individual contributions." I haven't even dug into the "bundled contributions"

The disturbing thing is, the majority (75%+) of Al Franken's political contributions come from OUTSIDE MINNESOTA!

FIND ALL THIS DATA HERE- TransparencyData. com(it's difficult to explain how I filtered the data, but play with the filters and you will also succeed)

1. Get the data2. Call these senators3. Catch their staffers off guard by using the truth.4. Feel better because you are actually making a difference by protecting our freedoms.

For some more fun, check out how much money Obama received from this industry.For some unrelated fun, check out how much money Al Franken accepted from "BIG OIL"!!!! 

Max
Max

Klobuchar needs a primary challenger. The only way to stop bad pieces of legislation like this is to pick a few targets and kick them out of office. Set a few examples!

She is not ENTITLED to the DFL endorsement people!

Caucuses are in 2 weeks. Don't reward bad behavior.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Democrats don't eat their own.She could grow horns and bathe in blood, and she would still be revered by the DFL establishment.

I am a former Registered Democrat.I'm am now a Republican Delegate.I'm also a bit of a "Republican Tiger."I eat my own.I encourage all to do the same (R) or (D)

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"[Sen. Klobuchar] believes we need to address concerns being raised today and work out a compromise that balances free exchange on the Internet with stopping foreign piracy that hurts our economy."

This is a lie people!!!!!

This WOULD NOT stop foreign piracy as she claims.  These bills are designed to block U.S. internet users from accessing foreign sites which host these shared files (music, movies, programs).

READ THE BILL!!!!!

Again, these bills are designed to block U.S. internet users from accessing foreign sites. That's it!It is NOT a crime to collect and use, for your OWN purpose, any of these files.  The music and movie industry are the ones behind this.  Why do you think you have NEVER heard of someone being charged with a crime for downloading this stuff?  Because it's ONLY a crime when you "share" these files, sell these files, or use these files for your business.

These two are pawns of the Movie/Music lobbyists.This is bought and paid for legislation.And my guess is these two are either too stupid to understand this, or their pockets have been filled by big business.

Here is what you do.Call the oppressive Minnesota Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.Tell them to stop this attack on our freedoms!  (PIPA)

Al Franken's contacts: DC office- 202-224-5641Saint Paul office - (651) 221-1016Duluth office- 218-722-2390St. Cloud office- 320-251-2721St. Peter office- 507-931-5813

And I see Al Franken has changed his email contact since to Daily Kos did a article on his oppressive support for this bill.  You can go to his webpage to email the oppressive jackass.

Amy Klobuchar's contacts:Washington, DC office- 202-224-3244 Toll Free: 1-888-224-9043 Minneapolis office- 612-727-5220 Rochester office- 507-288-5321 Moorhead office- 218-287-2219Go to Amy's webpage to email her.

Tell these dictatorial dinks for stop this attack on our freedoms!

And BTW, Amy's stance on this bill will be used against her next election.

VOTE OUT THE PAWNS OF BIG BUSINESS!!!

MKT
MKT

How does legislating your home turf going to curb foreign pirating? Think people, they are slowing eroding our rights to enslave us, and most citizens won't even notice until it's too late.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

Hopefully Sens. Klobuchar and Franken will listen to their constituents, a majority of whom I think have made their feelings about this bill very clear.

johnny
johnny

I'd really like to see both of our senators disclose the amount of $$ they've received from PIPA/SOPA proponents ("hollywood", MPAA, etc) in the past year and again over the next year.

Just Look It Up
Just Look It Up

Uh... Check their Federal Election Commission reports. That information's already disclosed, easily accessible and free.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I dug more and found this-

Klobuchar has seen nearly $300,000 in contributions from the TV/music/movies industry during her Congressional career, including more than $230,000 during this election cycle alone. Recent donations include more than $23,000 from Time Warner and $27,500 from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

And look at this, it appears as if Amy was one of the two writers of the current legislation-The bill is a combination of two Senate bills introduced last May -- Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar's S. 978, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, and Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy's S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act of 2011.  Lobbyists representing the TV/music/movies and copyright industries, like Steve Ricchetti of lobby firm Ricchetti Inc., have shelled out $5,000 to host fundraisers for Klobuchar.

Amy, we got your number.NOW QUIT LYING AND LISTEN UP AMY!

find everything you need to understand these two are sellouts here- TransparencyData. com

pizza
pizza

Good spin. Your Consumer Protection Board is just another boondoggle. We're not very protected if much of Obama's 6.3 trillion is unaccounted for, no? Where are the receipts?! Spin your way out of that.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

They supported Obama because he was going to win.  Obviously the money they gave Obama gave them access.  Obama still was accountable enough to fellow Demcorats he included oversight on TARP (something Bush didn't do) and created a thing called the Consumer Protection Board.   Republicans have done everything they could to make sure The Consumer Protection Board is ineffective.  They wouldn't even let Obama put someone in charge of it so Obama had to do a recess appointment.  Please try to be better informed.      Sadly Obama isn't perfect but since I'm smarter than you pizza I can see when one side is better than the other.   Obama is clearly better than the Republicans. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

They supported Obama because he was going to win.  Obviously the money they gave Obama gave them access.  Obama still was accountable enough to fellow Demcorats he included oversight on TARP (something Bush didn't do) and created a thing called the Consumer Protection Board.   Republicans have done everything they could to make sure The Consumer Protection Board is ineffective.  They wouldn't even let Obama put someone in charge of it so Obama had to do a recess appointment.  Please try to be better informed.      Sadly Obama isn't perfect but since I'm smarter than you pizza I can see when one side is better than the other.   Obama is clearly better than the Republicans. 

pizza
pizza

You're a fascinating creature. Wasn't Goldman Sachs your golden god's biggest donor?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Unlike kirk I can actually be critical of people I like and support.   I was one of the liberals that called Klobuchar and Franken to get them to change their minds.  kirk is a partisian hack because he never cared about where politicians get their money until he could slam Democrats over this.  

pizza
pizza

Michelle calling Kirk "a stupid partisan hack": priceless.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I'm curious if kirk is as outraged by how Republicans are bought and paid for by big oil and Wall Street.   Since Hollywood money obviously corrupts Franken and Klobuchar on this issue just image how corrupt Republicans are since Hollywood gives a fraction of what big oil and Wall Street give.    Sadly kirk is just a stupid partisian hack who will never get mad at Republicans because he is pathetic.   Once again it proves how pathetic the Tea Party is.   When liberals get mad about something like SOPA, shit gets done.  The Tea Party could never stop a bill like this because the only thing the Tea Party stands for is racist hate of Obama.   The Tea Party would never mobilize and stop offending legislation like this because the Tea Party only cares about what Fox News tells them to care about.   Anyone remember the fake issue of the so called "Ground Zero mosque?"    Racist Tea Party idiots were only mad at that as long as Fox News told them to be.  Pop Quiz Kirk, have they broken ground on The Ground Zero Mosque?   I bet your tiny reptile brain forgot about that because Glen Beck stop telling you you cared about that.   Liberals actually care about making America a better place.  (Occupy Wall Street, Stop SOPA)    Tea Party cares about whatever Fox News is telling them to be angry at this week.  (Ground Zero Mosque, War on Christmas)    

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Sadly, Kirk the Jerk is finally right about something. Both Klobuchar and Franken are assholes for continuing to support this lawless bullshit.

To the credit of the Congressional Republicans, they saw the protest, shit their pants and changed their votes.

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