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Rep. Melvin Watt

Democrat from North Carolina – 12th 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
Official homepage
Phone 202-225-1510
Fax 202-225-1512
Office 2304 Rayburn House 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 Rep. Watt.

Industry Election Cycle Amount
Computers/Internet 2010 $7,000
2008 $6,404
TV/Movies/Music 2010 $25,000
2008 $27,350

Timeline: Rep. Watt and SOPA

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

Dec 14, 2011 Quoted by HuffPo: Senator Floats Alternative to Internet Blacklisting Bills
"In my experience there's usually only one thing at stake when we have long lines outside a hearing as we do today, and when giant companies, like the ones opposing this bill, and their supporters start throwing around rhetoric like, 'This bill will kill the Internet,'...That one thing is usually money."
Nov 3, 2011 Co-sponsors SOPA
Oct 27, 2011 Press release
"Solving the problem of online piracy and counterfeiting is a serious challenge which will require ongoing dialogue and consideration of a number of issues. The bill is a good start that will help focus that dialogue and consideration. I encourage all stakeholders to continue to provide their input and advice as we attempt to develop a final product expeditiously."

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