This is how much money telecom companies paid Michigan Republicans to sell your browser history


Fred Upton (left) and Bill Huizenga. - WIKIPEDIA
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You know, we don't really blame you for possibly missing the news that Congress has overturned Obama-era internet privacy safeguards, paving the way for our internet histories to be bought and sold by huge telecom companies. So pretty much, you can say RIP to any privacy that you once had on the internet and hello to your information being sold to advertisers.

Of course, companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon have supported the effort, and as anyone knows, money buys influence in Washington. Going through the National Institute on Money in State Politics, we were able to see how much money each Republican U.S. Representative from Michigan who voted to end internet privacy received from telecom interest groups.

Below are campaign contributions that came from the last election cycle (2016) from telecom companies and individual employees of telecom companies.

John Bergman (R-MI 1st District)

Bill Huizenga (R-MI 2nd District)

Michael Bishop (R-MI 8th District)

John Moolenaar (R-MI 4th District)

Fred Upton (R-MI 6th District)

David Trott (R-MI 11th District)

Timothy Walberg (R-MI 7th District)

The vote was largely split along party lines, but Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI 3rd District) voted "no" and Rep. Paul Mitchell's (R-MI 10th District) campaign contributions were not available.

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