Wagner, McCaskill Efforts to Go After Backpage Site Attracting Powerful Foes

St. Louis Post-Dispatch covers CEI’s statements in a letter to Congress regarding an internet freedom bill.

Efforts by several members of the Missouri congressional delegation to toughen laws on online sex advertising have run into a powerful foe: Google.

The company is circulating letters on Capitol Hill claiming that various measures backed by Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., among others, would create “a trial lawyer bonanza of overly broad civil lawsuits.”

The letter urges members of Congress not to sign onto the bill and to insist that it be considered on its own, not attached to a popular measure, such as the National Defense Authorization Act. That is one Senate legislative angle being explored by its sponsors.

The Google letter to members of Congress also included statements in opposition from several online and technology organizations, including the Consumer Technology Association and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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