This month was extraordinary: Internet users and tech firms stood together to beat back appaling Internet censorship legislation.
One of the fiercest supporters of the legislation was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the major DC lobbying outfit for big business.
The Chamber even launched a direct attack on Demand Progress a couple of months ago, when we asserted that SOPA and PIPA would foster Internet censorship!
Yahoo quit the Chamber during the height of the SOPA/PIPA fight, but Google -- which did amazing work to help defeat the censorship bills -- is still a member.
We're launching this joint campaign with a new group called SumOfUs, which works on corporate accountability issues.
There are countless reasons for Google to quit the Chamber, but top on that list:
- The Chamber spent at least $32 million during the 2010 election, and that's sure to grow this year.
- The SOPA/PIPA loss must sting, and we expect the Chamber to lash out by seeking vengeance upon many of our strongest allies. Google surely shouldn't want to be complicit in that effort.
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