Geist's research goes beyond Bulte's impropriety and investigates the systematic way in which entertainment companies are convincing Canadian politicians to sell out their constituents:
Using lobbyist registration records, campaign finance returns, and documents newly obtained under the Access to Information Act I reveal for the first time the degree to which this issue has been taken over by lobby pressure. This includes:Link
- large number of registered lobbyists including former MPs such as Liberal Paul Bonwick, a Bulte contributor
- consistent campaign contributions that increase following favourable legislation
- close ties with government ministers, including the former Heritage Minister Sheila Copps
- regular meetings -- the copyright lobby has met with officials dozens of times over the past year, while education and user groups have barely merited any time
- government contracts, including a $20,000 contract to the Canadian Publishers Council (a Bulte fundraiser host), for a "copyright awareness initiative"
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