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[News] [Rival] Legalised Bribery from Microsoft Made Easy to See with Metadata

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Legalised Bribery from Microsoft Made Easy to See with Metadata
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 23:22:47 +0000
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[They use Microsoft as an example]

Lobbyists beware: judge rules metadata is public record

,----[ Quote ]
| The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that the 
| metadata attached to public records is 
| itself a public record. Given the frequency 
| with which metadata outs lobbyists' and 
| corporations' efforts to mask their own 
| contributions to public debates, this is a 
| good thing.
| [...]
| The very next month, the tables were turned 
| when the American Corn Grower's Association 
| somewhat surprisingly threw its weight 
| behind the idea that Congress should launch 
| a hearing to look into the possible anti-
| trust implications of the Google-Yahoo 
| advertising deal. CNET's Declan McCullagh 
| took a look at the PDF letter that the group 
| submitted to Congress, and found that it had 
| been authored by a staffer at the LawMedia 
| Group, a DC lobbying shop whose client list 
| includes the anti-Google, anti-net 
| neutrality National Cable and 
| Telecommunications Association.


Who is your MP working for? A simple way to find outâ (and let us know!)

,----[ Quote ]
| Newspapers occasionally report that votes 
| have been declared âthree-line whipsâ by 
| particular parties. Here are just a few 
| reported examples:
|     * In 2002, the Conservative party 
|     imposed a three-line whip forcing their 
|     MPs to oppose the adoption of children 
|     by gay couples.
|     * In 2007, both Labour and the 
|     Conservatives imposed three-line whips 
|     in favour of a proposal to renew 
|     Britainâs nuclear weapons system, 
|     Trident.
|     * In 2008, the Liberal Democrats imposed 
|     a three-line whip which instructed their 
|     MPs to abstain on a vote to ratify the 
|     EUâs Lisbon Treaty.
|     * In 2009, Labour imposed a three line 
|     whip in favour of a vote to keep the 
|     full detail of MPs expenses secret from 
|     the public.



Corn Farmers Against Google?

,----[ Quote ]
| Only if they're planting in AstroTurf
| [...]
| How do you know the organization, and the op-ed, weren't created by LawMedia
| Group at the behest of some well-funded clients? If they did their jobs
| right, you don't know.
| Some of them have left digital fingerprints here and there, though, says
| Declan McCullagh, in a blockbuster of a report exposing the intellectual
| whoredom offered for various important issues. Shortly after Microsoft hired
| LawMedia, for example, legislators, national agencies, and news outlets
| received pointed complaints from coalitions of farmers, rural voters, and
| geeky Latinos about how Google's advertising deal with Yahoo would wreck
| everything.
| [...]
| Don't call them a PR firm or a lobbying firm though, Law Media â which has a
| ton of lawyers working for them tooâis a "public affairs firm" specializing
| in producing "remarkable coalitions" for anything one might need a coalition

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