The popular political site TheHill.com just published a story, about Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) appearance at the TRAFFIC show where he will speak on Monday.
“I look forward to welcoming representatives of the Internet Domain industry to Florida and thanking them for recognizing our state’s position on the cutting edge of the Internet economy,” Stearns said in a statement.
“Stearns is the ranking member on the House Communications Subcommittee and is reportedly eyeing the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.”
The Hill.com said:
“The domain-name industry also is stepping up its contributions led by Go Daddy Group, which owns the domain-name registrar Go Daddy. Records show Go Daddy has given $22,000 to House Communications Subcommittee chairman Rick Boucher (D-Va.), $18,800 to Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), $25,000 to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and $10,000 to Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) this cycle, while Stearns received $3,000.”
“Go Daddy also spent more than $700,000 on lobbying in 2009 and has recorded almost $400,000 in lobbying expenses to date. Almost half that money has gone to the lobbying firm Prime Policy Group, whose largest clients include the oil industry, Anheuser-Busch and Chrysler.”
This is a huge opportunity to for the domain industry to get the ear of a powerful member of Congress.
Kudos to Rick and Howard.