Netflix Now Has A Political Action Committee: ‘FLIXPAC’
Yes, you’re reading the headline right. Netflix, the service you use to catch up on Firefly and Arrested Development, has now formed a PAC to increase its influence in the political realm. POLITICO got its hands on an FEC filing by Netflix just a few days ago forming FLIXPAC, which the company will start using to make contributions to political candidates and campaigns.
The report lists Los Gatos, California as the PAC’s base of operations, the same town where the tech company is headquartered. POLITICO details how Netflix has stepped up its lobbying efforts in the last few years.
In 2009, for example, Netflix spent just $20,000 on federal lobbying, congressional records show.
But that figure grew to $130,000 in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011, as legislative debates over the Stop Online Privacy Act, Protect IP Act and Video Privacy Protection Act raged.
Last year, the company reported using the services of nearly two-dozen registered lobbyists, including in-house advocates and those from three lobbying firms — Franklin Square Group, Monument Policy Group and Kountoupes Consulting.
Netflix was initially one of the big companies that came out in favor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, before backtracking and insisting they have “not taken a position in SOPA.”
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