Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), a co-sponsor and major supporter of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), deleted a retweet of an analysis of contributions to lawmakers from pro-CISPA companies.
Rep. Rogers, or possibly a member of his staff, retweeted the [Maplight] story that identified that members of the House Intelligence Committee “have received, on average, 15 times more money in campaign contributions from pro-CISPA organizations than from anti-CISPA organizations.”
Twenty-three minutes later, somebody with the keys to Rogers’ Twitter account realized how graspingly greedy and stupid this made Rogers look, and deleted the tweet — but not before the fine folk at Sunlight’s Politwoops Project had spotted it and archived it for posterity — and for kicking Rogers’ posterior. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Rogers himself got $214,750 from the pro-CISPA lobby, per the Maplight piece he retweeted.)
Over at Boing Boing, the commenters were wondering why White-Flight Rogers would be so Alan-Simpsonesquely stupid as to openly boast of his and other congresscritters’ corruption. What I and others think is the most likely explanation is that he apparently thinks that the amount of money a position’s lobbyist throws at you is what makes that position “popular” — you know, as opposed to, say, hundreds of thousands of people massing in the streets over it.
Thanks again, Sunlight and Boing Boing!