Did you read the New York Times yesterday?
In a prominent editorial, the paper exposes AT&T, Verizon and Comcast for flooding Congress with cash to kill Net Neutrality.
These companies have funneled millions of dollars in campaign contributions to elected officials. ... and now they expect a return on their investment.
But campaign contributions are only the tip of the iceberg. The phone and cable industry is quietly spending hundreds of millions more — all part of a massive effort to take control of the Internet away from the people who use it.
To shed light on this dirty game, Free Press is launching "Corruption Road: How Corporate Money and Astroturf Pollute Media Policy." Check it out:
Corruption Road looks beyond the money mentioned in the Times to illustrate how phone and cable companies are major players in Washington's economy of influence:
AT&T, Verizon and Comcast have spent tens of millions on an army of lobbyists, lawyers and PR specialists to attack efforts to protect consumers;
They've secretly funded dozens of astroturf groups to parrot industry talking points and fabricate grassroots opposition to an open Internet;
They've strong-armed members of Congress to paint Net Neutrality as a "government takeover of the Internet" and sign letters opposing oversight of the industry.
This gigantic corporate spending spree serves one goal: Prevent the FCC from preserving the open Internet, protecting consumers' rights and fostering universal access to broadband. If these companies succeed, Net Neutrality will be in serious danger.
We're giving you a first look at Corruption Road because we need you to do two things to help stop this takeover:
1. Take a drive down Corruption Road to learn more about the shady influence-peddling.
2. Help spread the word about Corruption Road via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.
What's going on is outrageous. But we can stop it by bringing this corruption to light, shaming corporate sellouts in Congress, and convincing more people to stand in support of Net Neutrality.
Thank you for taking action,
P.S. Read yesterday's New York Times editorial: "The Price of Broadband Politics