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What happens when the power of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is applied to political lobbying. It's hard to say, exactly, but we could hazard a guess as Streamcast launches its campaign against the RIAA in the U.S. Congress. "The record industry called (peer-to-peer) users pirates, but what these people are are hundreds of millions of voters," said Michael Weiss, chief executive of Los Angeles-based StreamCast. "At the end of next month, we're going to be involved in helping to mobilize P2P users around the world and ultimately around the globe to ensure that their voices are heard." All true, but can a P2P lobby ever match the fundraising clout of the RIAA (which, in the end, is what drives politicians, because fundraising equals even more votes)?

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