Allyson Schwartz is Only PA Democrat to Sell Us Out on CISPA

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This bill was very similar to last year’s much-hated SOPA bill, and like that vote, this one broke down along party lines in the PA delegation.

Except this time, Allyson Schwartz (D-Comcast) voted with the Republicans to turn Facebook into an instrument of government surveillance, and let your employer demand access to your social media passwords. This is not any way to win a Democratic primary.

From Randy LoBasso:

It’s been additionally noted by media outlets that a last-minute alteration to the bill which would have prevented employers from demanding potential employers’ social media passwords was voted down. Which means, if it passes, handing out passwords could soon become a requirement for job applications in the U.S.

Similar bills in the U.S. House and Senate—SOPA and PIPA—were protested against last year by large Internet voices, like Wikipedia and Reddit. Both companies blacked out their titles as a show of protest.

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4 Responses to Allyson Schwartz is Only PA Democrat to Sell Us Out on CISPA

  1. Matt Thomas says:

    This is serious stuff…where in hell is Schwartz coming from with this Orwellian scheme?
    Great company she’s with on this one…Barletta…Pitts…Schuster…Gerlach…Kelly and of course, Comcast.
    What (if any) is John Hanger’s position?

    • Jon says:

      Imagine that Hanger’s against it like most Democrats. Not really a statewide issue so I don’t know that we’ll hear about it in the Gov race. The pattern with Schwartz though that’s relevant for statewide politics is that she sides with the interests of corporations in her district whenever their interests conflict with her human constituents. This is especially the case with her record on health care. Faced with a choice between a lower cost of living for most people and less money for doctors and hospitals, she sides with the hospitals.

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