Gillibrand was a supporter of PIPA, which would have cracked down on internet piracy of American movies and music – until a massive online protest scuttled the bill. She has since tried to clarify her support for the bill, vowing to tinker with its provision to make it less onerous and more palatable to free speech advocates.
Taking his cues from the state GOP, Cenedella, an internet entrepreneur who runs the job search site TheLadders.com, calls Gillibrand’s motives into question.
“It is unfortunate to see our junior New York Senator totally immersed in Washington-style politics,” Cenedella said in a release. “If, indeed, she took more than $600,000 in Hollywood cash and then did its bidding over the interests of her own constituents, she does not belong in public office. There are unanswered questions out there about whether she even read the bill before putting her name on it.”
According to OpenSecrets.org, Gillibrand did indeed accept over $600,000 from entertainment industry over the last year.Hollywood was the sixth most generous industry to her campaign.
[UPDATE] Gillibrand spokesman Glenn Caplin sent this reply:
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