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Daniel J. Cody djc at starkmedia.com
Tue Apr 3 13:25:46 CDT 2001

I've asked Bryan for clarification on that point, but my understanding 
is that MS is now one of, if not *the*, largest conrtributer of 
soft-money over the past 18 months(election cycle) in the tech sector.

check out opensecrets.org, they have a nice database of largest or 
contributions.. and just from one quick lookup, MS contributed < 1.5 
million over the past year alone.

i remember how slow they were to get into lobbying too.. then they 
started getting their asses kicked around in lawsuits and finally wised up..


scott.brady at homeqonline.com wrote:

>> 5.  *MOST IMPORTANTLY*:  Microsoft is currently the biggest lobbyist
>> of the US government, and expends the most in legal costs of any
>> American company.  Lawyers are difference between something just
>> being just "unethical and not legally binding" and "unethical but
>> quite legal binding and quite enforcable."

> This one seems to be the one that most needs some supporting information.  I
> find it hard to believe that Microsoft is the "biggest" lobbyist, especially
> considering how slow they were to even start getting involved in lobbying.
> I'm not saying that he's wrong or that he's right, but I need evidence one way
> or the other.  Otherwise, it seems like blind Microsoft-bashing.

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