But nothing greases a palm like self-interest.
Goodlatte has tapped Hollywood from hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions because he chairs the House Judiciary Committee.
He is also Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus and Chairman of the House Republican High Technology Working Group.
And, he’s a staunch advocate of tougher copyright law, an issue near and dear to Hollywood’s bottom line, if not its heart.
As a result, his contributors reads like a who’s who of Hollywood moguls.
Paramount’s Brad Grey and Adam Goodman, Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, Fox Searchlight’s Nancy Utley, BMI’s Del Bryant and Universal Music’s Zach Horowitz are on the list, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which tallied the numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics.
In all, they’ve ponied up $191,000. Another $140,000 has poured in from entertainment related companies like Disney, Sony Pictures, Viacom, Netflix, the DGA and the MPAA.
The odd thing is Goodlatte is largely unopposed for re-election. Plus, he represents a largely rural area of Virginia that has little at stake in Internet or technology issues.
So, he’s funneling tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee to fund other GOP campaigns.
The congressman was embraced by Hollywood after co-sponsored the “Stop Online Piracy Act” in 2011. He’s also begun a thorough review of U.S. copyright laws in is committee.
Hollywood is mortified that online piracy will do to the film industry what it’s done to the music industry. Illegal downloading has cost the latter millions of dollars.
Studios have only been spared because movies are much larger digital files. Current Internet speeds make it largely impractical to download and trade films like much smaller digital songs files. But technology is catching up.
Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows.