Internet Sales Tax Bill Passes Senate - Contributions from Key Stakeholders

May 11, 2013 | from Maplight By a vote of 69-27, the Senate passed  a bill  on Monday that would require online retailers to collec...



May 11, 2013 | from Maplight


By a vote of 69-27, the Senate passed  a bill on Monday that would require online retailers to collect and distribute sales taxes according to the tax laws of the fifty states.

Under current law, retailers are only required to collect sales taxes for online purchases originating in states where they have a physical presence. The Senate's bill is supported by national brick-and-mortar chains and Amazon, both of whom 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 on the bill.

Data: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from interest groups that have taken a position on S. 743 (Marketplace Fairness Act) to members of the Senate from January 1, 2007—December 31, 2012. Contributions data source: Center for Responsive Politics
  • Amazon contributions to the Senate total $208,428.
  • eBay contributions to the Senate total $177,900.
  • Interest groups supporting the bill (including Amazon, Walmart, AFL-CIO) have given  40 times as much money to senators than interest groups opposing (including eBay, TechNet, FreedomWorks).
  • Senators voting "YES" received, on average, 53% more money from Amazon than from eBay.
  • Senators voting "YES" received, on average, 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."
Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from interest groups that have taken a position on S. 743 to current members of the Senate, from January 1, 2007December 31, 2012. Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

A link to this data report can be found  here.


MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan research organization that tracks money's influence on politics.


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