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Re: [Membership] Fees for Organizations

Nii and all,

  Let's try to be realistic here.  The ICANN is decidedly a political
They have been and are still primarily supported financially by big IT and
Telecom interests and the GIP fund see, www.GIP.org for more information.
Money is the "Mothers Milk" of politics, and therefore will have the single
largest influence on the decision process.

  Once you have excepted this as a FACT, you will be much better off...

Dr Nii Quaynor wrote:

> >I believe that paying is different from voting.  I don't see that paying
> equals
> >capture in the at-large where the individual members can easily (if they
> enroll in
> >large enough numbers) outnumber the organizational members.
> True, but in most democracies we have opinion leaders. How do we ensure that
> the paying group does not automatically become equal to opinion leaders?
> Since ICANN presumably would be interested in their funding, how do we make
> sure that these paying members are not unduly favored? Could this lead to
> silent vote buying in this case?
> We are probably looking for safeguards here. Much of my constituency falls
> into the poor class and we are generally afraid of those with big purses.
> Hence the caution.
> Regards,
> Nii


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