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Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin

Democrat from Maryland

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
Official homepage
Phone 202-224-4524
Fax 202-224-1651
Office 509 Hart Senate Office Building

Financial Contributions by Industry

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Industry Election Cycle Amount
Computers/Internet 2010 $5,500
2008 $6,300
TV/Movies/Music 2010 $7,000
2008 $12,849

Timeline: Sen. Cardin and PIPA

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

Jan 13, 2012 Press release
“PIPA is narrowly tailored legislation that does differ from the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA); however, there are real concerns still to be addressed. For example, I was very pleased to hear that Senator Leahy has proposed further study of the potential impact on how ISPs respond to rogue websites, putting those provisions on hold...As the remaining portions of PIPA progress, I will continue to seek out meaningful amendments and alternative proposals to address the bill’s current flaws. Since I am no longer a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, remaining a cosponsor of the bill provides me the opportunity to be an active participant in the process of addressing the most serious concerns raised by my constituents. I would not vote for final passage of PIPA, as currently written, on the Senate floor.”
Jul 13, 2011 Co-sponsors PIPA
Nov 18, 2010 Votes to move COICA out of committee
The Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously to move COICA forward.
Sep 21, 2010 Cosponsors Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, S. 3804
COICA contained similar provisions and battle lines as PIPA does. It never reached a full Senate vote and was re-written in 2011 as the PROTECT-IP Act (i.e. PIPA).

See a complete list of actions and statements by members of Congress