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Cable in dilemma over porn, politics

Feb. 8, 2005 at 1:49 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- An ethical dilemma has arisen out of cable companies that offer pornography donating funds to candidates with moral platforms, ABC News said Tuesday.

Front and center is Adelphia Communications Corp., the country's fifth-largest cable television provider, which last week became the first to offer hard-core adult films on pay-per-view to its subscribers.

Under new management, Adelphia has given $166,000 to Republican committees, $17,000 to conservative Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., and $12,000 to Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., one of the most conservative members of the Senate.

Viewers can watch sexually explicit movies in the Hilton and Marriott hotel chains on various pay-per-view services or via virtually every cable company, including Cox, Time Warner and Comcast.

But according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Comcast has given millions in political donations since 1998. The national Republican Party committees are its biggest organizational recipient, with donations totaling $851,000. President Bush is its biggest individual recipient with $109,000 in donations.

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