Montana Senator Conrad Burns won’t accept Apple iPod sent by iPac

“In the last six years, Senator Conrad Burns’ campaign has taken $59k from TV/Music/Movie PACs, including $2k from the RIAA and Disney. He’s also the 4th-highest recipient of entertainment industry money in Congress. So we started wondering if Burns’ campaign has a new policy against accepting contributions from political action committees when they returned our iPod with this note: ‘Thank you, but we cannot accept this gift,'” Jake reports for iPac.

“Why not? IPac’s contribution is legal. It was submitted with all of the required paperwork,” Jake reports. “And it was paid for by ordinary Americans who care about balanced copyright and technology policy. We’re sending his campaign a letter to clarify their policy on accepting contributions from PACs, and we’ll let you know what they say. We hope their answer is that they’re swearing off *all* PAC contributions, including the tens of thousands of dollars that they take from the entertainment industry! It could also be that Senator Burns has sworn off all new technology. His campaign spokesperson had this to say to the Missoula Independent:
The iPod donation, says Klindt, “is the first time we have received something technological” as a donation, adding that “it’s just not a donation that we want” and confirming that while Burns does not presently own an iPod, “if he wants an iPod, he’ll buy one.”

Full article here.

On April 11th, iPac shipped the first 12 iPods to Senatorial campaign committees as part of its “Your Senator Needs an iPod” campaign. The campaign is designed to bring attention to the growing issue of information policy (patents, copyrights, and trademarks). Key members of both political parties were given iPods for campaign activities illustrating how innovative digital devices can be used along with a rich array of cultural items provided by the public domain and initiatives like Creative Commons. Please see related article below for more information.

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  1. Okay, why the iPod hate? I own an iPod but I have nothing against people who have no interest in owning one. Honestly, if I didn’t live in a major metropolitan area I probably wouldn’t own one. However, since I spend alot of time walking everywhere or on the L then it’s nice to have one to pass the time.

  2. “$59k from TV/Music/Movie PACs, including $2k from the RIAA and Disney. He’s also the 4th-highest recipient of entertainment industry money in Congress.”

    The problem for Burns is that, unlike money, the iPod cannot be laundered.

  3. Just covering his butt. He can’t accept this “gift” and then turn around and accept gifts from the vary folks iPac is trying to fight. He’s not (very) dumb.
    He’s going to go with the money and not insult his cash-cow TV/Music/RIAA contributors. It would be extremely naive to think he returned this iPod for any other reason. He’s a politician for crying out loud.

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