Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg To Perform At Party For Internet Censorship Lobbyists In DC

Wiz Khalifa helps Internet censorship lobbyists entertain Washington politicos

Here is the Politico Influence newsletter “scoop” about the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) holiday party this year. The RIAA lobby is helping to lead the charge for SOPA/PROTECT-IP (the vast Internet censorship bill). With a little bit of star power from Wiz Khalifa, I wonder how many Capitol Hill staffers will get an invite to this shindig at the 9:30 Club:

RIAA WITH A SIDE OF GIN & JUICE: Invitations haven’t gone out yet, but PI has the inside scoop on the Recording Industry Association of America’s annual holiday party. Rapper Snoop Dogg is headlining the hot ticket Dec. 7 at the 930 Club for the trade association’s annual fete. Artist Wiz Khalifa and Grandmaster Dee of Whodini are also slated to perform. The event benefits the charity Musicians on Call, which provides in-room bedside performances to patients in health care facilities such as Walter Reed National Military Center. PI hears the invites going out as soon as today will list several sponsors including Microsoft, MasterCard, Walmart, Amgen, T-Mobile, the U.S. Chamber’s Global IP Center and the National Beer Wholesalers Associations, among others.

And it’s cosponsored with the odious U.S. Chamber of Commerce division devoted to promoting Internet censorship.

If a straight up lobbying firm brought in a few hip hop stars and offered a private party for Capitol Hill staffers, it would be a violation of the ethics code. But its these little freebies that fly under the radar. And as a trade association Christmas party, these sorts of events don’t receive enough scrutiny, especially since they aren’t billed as influence peddling events. Although the room will be filled with entertainment industry lobbyists pushing the Internet censorship bill, it’s all good since its a supposed charity event for Walter Reed. But don’t be fooled. Parties like these are not unlike the VIP Delta flight service for lawmakers, or the Friends of Angelo program at subprime mortgage giant Countrywide, or the vacation parties provided to congressmen as “policy retreats.”

For more on the Internet censorship law pushed by the RIAA and other corporate lobbying groups (particularly the movie, software, and broadcasting industry), see here.

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15 responses to “Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg To Perform At Party For Internet Censorship Lobbyists In DC

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  2. I work in the adult business. I personally would favor some type of regulation of what content is available online. A bill that allows censorship is a horrible mistake but it is the typical overeaction to the current ‘Steal what you want’ situation we have online.
    Since companies will not regulate themselves. Since adult companies will do anything to get eyeballs. Since music and movies are “free” online and that product costs thousands to produce: What is the alternative?
    Google and the pirates have fought commensense solutions for years. Now the roosters are coming home to roost.
    I hope the bill passes.
    It will have to be fixed later but something must be done.

    • Maso F

      dude you act like you have morals. What you make isnt “Your’s”, It’s everybody’s if you didnt know already, and you probably never will. It’s your own fault for putting it on the internet for a quick buck for fucking some stupid slut. You people ruin the spirit of the earth and now you want to ruin the internet. You need to stop being so selfish because nobody cares about you as much as you do, use your brain not your dick. idiot

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  5. That nigga

    this aint real…

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  11. Without the slimmest explaination of the proposed purpose or goal of the referrenced “Censorship” Bill, there is absolutely nothing to advance any confidence or justification of it’s unknown context!

    More of the method the group’s ability to garner support through it’s in hospital events was pushed, but nothing what their planned redirection
    of attention and hopes are by having their approved proposed bill?

    It’s selling something but what exactly! It’s more like a magic trick…
    watch this hand over here…..while I do this over here!

    Facts and Truth are never lost, just hidden from view!

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