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posted Friday, May 10, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 19
Senate passes Internet sales tax bill
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Senate passes Internet sales tax bill

Campaign contributions appear to have influenced both sides

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

By a vote of 69-27, the U.S. Senate passed a bill May 6 that would require online retailers to collect and distribute sales taxes according to the tax laws of the 50 states.

If signed into law, this bill would impact thousands of LGBT owned and operated online retail companies.

Under current law, retailers are only required to collect sales taxes for online purchases originating in states where they have a physical presence.

The bill is supported by national brick-and-mortar chains and Amazon, both of which would gain a competitive advantage by the increased burden the bill would place on small and mid-size retailers that sell online (the bill exempts businesses with less than $1 million in annual sales).

Opposition to the bill is being led by eBay, which has organized a coalition of small online retailers to lobby Congress to reject it.

BIG MONEY WEIGHS IN
MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from interest groups that have taken a position on the bill, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act (S-743), to members of the Senate from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2012, is available. SGN received data from the Center for Responsive Politics in regards to contributions made by big business.

We found that Amazon's contributions to the Senate total $208,428, eBay's contributions total $177,900, and interest groups supporting the bill (including Amazon, Walmart, AFL-CIO) have given 40 times as much money to senators than interest groups opposed (including eBay, TechNet, and the anti-tax group FreedomWorks).

Senators voting Yes received, on average, 53% more money from Amazon than from eBay, and 44% more money from Amazon than senators voting No. Senators voting No received, on average, 62% more money from eBay than senators voting Yes. Senators voting Yes received 29% more money, on average, from interest groups supporting the bill than senators voting No.

The MapLight data can be found online at http://maplight.org/content/73240.

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