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Sen. Richard J. Durbin

Democrat from Illinois

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 202-224-2152
Fax 202-228-0400
Office 711 Hart Senate Office Building

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. Durbin.

Industry Election Cycle Amount
Computers/Internet 2010 $5,000
2008 $76,800
TV/Movies/Music 2010 $13,050
2008 $146,750

Timeline: Sen. Durbin and PIPA

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

Jul 11, 2011 Letter to constituent in defending PIPA
"It is important to note that this legislation seeks to address a serious problem without inappropriately restricting Internet freedom. The Justice Department currently lacks tools to effectively enforce anti-piracy and counterfeiting laws against websites that are dedicated to distributing material in violation of these laws."
Jun 30, 2011 Co-sponsors PIPA
May 26, 2011 Votes to move PIPA out of committee
Part of unanimous vote of approval by Senate Judiciary committee to move PIPA forward.
Nov 18, 2010 Votes to move COICA out of committee
The Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously to move COICA forward.
Sep 20, 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