Heritage Action’s Week in Review 1-20-12

The blowup over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) afforded us countless mentions in the media – thanks to our key vote. We announced that we would be scoring against any votes on the bills on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, 5 Republican Senators – Marco Rubio (FL), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Orrin Hatch (UT), and David Vitter (LA) – announced they would remove their names from cosponsoring PIPA. Additionally, Representatives Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Lee Terry (R-NE) removed their names from SOPA. Even SOPA’s House sponsor, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) now says, “it’s time to scrap the bill and start over.”

Numerous press media organizations picked up our key vote and used it in the fight against these two bills:

National Journal: Well this could put Republicans in a bind. Earlier today, I reported the Chamber is key voting the Senate Protect IP bill, urging a yes vote. Heritage Action for America today announced that it also plans to score the bill and is calling for a no vote.

DailyCaller: Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, announced Tuesday that it will hold votes in favor of SOPA and PIPA against lawmakers. “Heritage Action opposes SOPA and PIPA and if they come to a vote will include them as a key vote on our scorecard,” said the influential conservative group.

LATimes/Opinion: Heritage Action’s move is significant because conservative groups have traditionally been strong supporters of copyright and trademark protection.…The emerging opposition from mainstream conservatives like Heritage Action complements the resistance that civil liberties groups, left-of-center activists, tech industry hotbeds on both coasts and venture capitalists have been putting up since the measures were introduced.

Politico: The conservative Heritage Action sent out a “key vote” alert Tuesday, urging lawmakers to vote against the two versions of the bill.  

Associated Press: Disparate political groups such as the liberal Democracy for America and the conservative Heritage Action have also voiced concerns about censorship. (picked up locally in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Missouri)

Wall Street Journal: …and the Heritage Foundation on the right. MoveOn blacked out its website in protest Wednesday, and the Heritage Foundation’s grass-roots arm said it would include any votes on the legislation as “key” votes in compiling its legislative scorecard, which it uses to rate conservative lawmakers.

Hyscience: As Heritage Action for America points out, Protect IP. SOPA and PIPA purport to stop the theft of intellectual property from foreign-based websites. While well-intentioned, the manner in which these bills attempt to achieve those goals is unworkable and includes a host of unintended and dangerous consequences.

Media Matters: (yes, Media Matters) Heritage Action for America: SOPA And PIPA “Includes A Host Of Unintended And Dangerous Consequences.” In a January 17 post, Heritage Action for America, a project of the conservative group The Heritage Foundation, made SOPA and PIPA “key vote[s]…

RedState also included our key vote in a post about their opposition to SOPA and PIPA.

Even with so much attention being focused on these two bills, our scorecard continued to be used across the country to illustrate the conservatism of Members of Congress:

Battle Creek Enquirer used our scorecard in an article about Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to highlight his conservatism.

Granite Grok discussed the conservatism of Representatives in New Hampshire and the surrounding states.

Chicago Now: Heritage Action, the sister organization of the conservative Heritage Foundation, shows a wide disparity in conservative rating in its Legislative Scorecard, with Manzullo receiving an 83 percent rating and Kinzinger receiving a 60 percent rating.

The Herald-Palladium: … Heritage Action for America scored Upton 52 percent in 2011 on votes important to the conservative organization.

Niles Daily Star: “If you look at the Heritage Action scorecard, he is 51 to 52 percent conservative, right down the middle of the road at best,” he said. “We need much more conservative representation.”

McHenry County Blog: Based on the 2011 legislative scorecard from Heritage for America (the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation), Kinzinger ranks #65 out of 85 GOP freshmen in the strength of his conservative rating.

We were also on the radio in more than a dozen states talking SOPA, the Keystone pipeline and what happens politically in 2012.

Knowing that we made a huge difference in the fight to stop SOPA and PIPA, as well as the continued use of our scorecard as the measure of conservatism is a huge win, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you who work to hold Congress accountable.

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