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Rep. Paul Tonko

Democrat from New York – 21st District

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


Stance on SOPA
Years served in House
% Votes with Party
Phone 202-225-5076
Fax 202-225-5077
Office 422 Cannon House Office Building
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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 Rep. Tonko.

Industry Election Cycle Amount
Computers/Internet 2010 $12,800
2008 $2,500
TV/Movies/Music 2010 $3,500
2008 $250

Timeline: Rep. Tonko and SOPA

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

Jan 18, 2012 "Stop SOPA because it threatens free speech and online liberty"
“I have received an overwhelming number of comments from my constituents on this legislation and they have said one thing loud and clear: stop SOPA because it threatens free speech and online liberty. I couldn’t agree with them more. While I understand and remain concerned about the significant challenges posed by online piracy, I believe the provisions contained in bills currently under consideration in the House and Senate would stifle innovation and job growth. This is particularly troubling in the 21st Congressional District of New York, an area where small businesses, startups and even large companies have made our region home to the country’s third fastest growing tech jobs hub in the country. As written, SOPA represents a step toward an internet where the U.S. government has the power to determine what is seen or not seen on search engines or URL’s. These unintended consequences would limit the free exchange of ideas online and stifle progress and innovation. America’s strength has always been her ability to out-build, out-innovate and out-compete other nations in a free and open exchange of ideas. We should not put that freedom at jeopardy.”

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