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Sen. Ben Nelson

Democrat from Nebraska

Update (1/20/2012): SOPA and PIPA have been indefinitely postponed; see statements by Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Lamar Smith.


Stance on PIPA
Years served in Senate
% Votes with Party
Phone 202-224-6551
Fax 202-228-0012
Office 720 Hart Senate Office Building
Official homepage

Financial Contributions by Industry

This reported campaign contributions information comes from the OpenSecrets/Center for Responsive Politics API (read more about their campaign-contributions-per-industry API). You can also visit the OpenSecrets profile for Sen. Nelson.

Industry Election Cycle Amount
Computers/Internet 2010 $2,000
2008 $500
TV/Movies/Music 2010 $24,200

Timeline: Sen. Nelson and PIPA

A list of statements and legislative actions made by Sen. Nelson relating to PIPA. Contact us at sopa[at] if you have additions or corrections.

Jan 18, 2012 Interviewed by the Lincoln Journal Star
The Journal Star reports: "Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., both expressed the need to curb piracy, but they didn't take a stance on the legislation."
Nov 18, 2011 Letter to constituent
"As you know, this bill would allow for the Attorney General or an intellectual property owner harmed by any website dedicated to infringing on such intellectual property to bring actions against the owner of the website or the registrant for the site's domain name in an effort to curtail U.S. entities supporting or directing internet traffic to websites believed to be in violation of copyright law. S. 968 has been advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now waiting to be scheduled for debate by the full Senate. Rest assured, I will keep your thoughts in mind as this legislation moves forward."

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