GOP opponent says Rep. Owens' support of Internet anti-piracy bill is due to campaign contributions
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:24 pm

The announced GOP candidate for New York's 23rd Congressional District says the Democratic incumbent is maintaining his support for the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act in the House because of loyalty to campaign contributors.

Watertown businessman and lawyer Matt Doheny counts $419,508 as "Bill Owens’ price for selling out his constituency," a statement from his office said.

The Republican candidate believes Owens is resisting calls from hundreds of constituents to drop his support of the bill, which is aimed at protecting copyright owners from sales of pirated copies of their work on the Web, or from copies being distributed for free.

Doheny's office refers to broadly defined groups and industries that purportedly support the Stop Online Piracy Act and how much they donated to Owens through June 30, as compiled byMapLight.org:

• Attorney & law firms: $175,047

• Building trades unions: $83,050

• IBEW: $25,000

• Police & firefighters unions & associations: $17,500

• Book, newspaper & periodical publishing: $14,410

• Teamsters: $14,000

• Management consultants and services: $13,450

• Cable & satellite TV: $12,500

• Department, variety & convenience stores: $11,000

• Credit agencies & finance companies: $7,800

• Commercial TV & radio stations: $7,400

• Civil servant & public employees: $7,201

• Motion picture production & distribution: $5,900

• Other unions: $5,000

• Entertainment industry/broadcast & motion pictures: $3,000

• Recorded music & music production: $2,000

• Electronics manufacturing & services: $1,000

“This bill hurts commerce, undermines Internet security and censors the Web,” said Doheny. “I once again call on my opponent to drop his support for this deeply flawed bill."