Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita: “I Oppose SOPA…”

If you were at the TRAFFIC Conference  in October of 2010 in Miami, it’s possible you met Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita, a friend of longtime domain investor Chad Folkening. At the time, Mr. Rokita was Indiana Secretary of State and he was in a contested race for the Congressional office he eventually won.

Congressman Rokita became familiar with the domain investment space many years ago, through his connection with Chad. I had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Rokita, and I came away impressed by his knowledge of the domain investment industry as well as his clear passion for public service.

This morning, I read a Twitter post from Congessman Rokita regarding SOPA, and I want to share the contents of the press release that was posted on his website. Congressman Rokita has announced his intention to vote against the Stop Online Piracy Act if it comes before the US House of Representatives.

“I oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) because it presents a serious threat to Internet freedom and our Constitutional rights. If it comes before the House in its current form I will vote against it.

Internet piracy is a serious problem. It robs American companies and innovators of their intellectual property, and it destroys American jobs. That said, the threats SOPA poses to Internet freedom and free speech as well as the serious questions regarding its effectiveness in combating Internet piracy are too great for me to support it. I believe there is a way to protect intellectual property while still protecting Internet freedom, but SOPA is not it.

Thank you to Congressman Rokita.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. Congressmen Rokita and Stearns are two of the best friends of the domain industry, understand the dynamics of the industry and have a record of support. They deserve OUR support.

  2. Our most trusted enlightened government watch person Howard is most correct, Todd Rokita is definitely a champion for our causes, understands the interests of domainers and deserves our full support. Todd just announced his re-election campaign for his second term and any campaign contributions I am sure would be most welcomed and go a long long way. Todd is known for many good and creative solutions to the unresponsiveness and ineffectiveness of big government and was the first Congressman to save costs and overhead by electing to sleep in his office on Capital Hill. Now many are jumping on the bandwagon and following his lead and it is getting to be trendy for Congressman to live in their offices showing their dedication and devotion. Todd is a leader and an innovator and represents great hope in a field that otherwise is lacking the presence of good, dedicated public servants. If you can, send him a check and keep him there working for us and the many that need his type of dedication and devotion. Thank you Todd, thank you Elliot and thank you Howard for bringing this to our attention. Danger is no stranger to a Domain Name Ranger. STOP SOPA and SUPPORT ROKITA.

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