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Pandora's director of public affairs, Dave Grimaldi, issued a statement to Billboard, saying that the article "is an unfortunate distraction from the substantive conversation about how to ensure that the music industry thrives well into the future."

Westergren's donations seem to indicate no political affiliation other than attempting to draw political support for his company, which has for years been lobbying regulators and the political establishment in seeking a reduction of the statutory royalties Pandora pays to songs' rightsholders.Westergren and Pandora had backed the Internet Radio Fairness Act until last November, seeking to change how the Copyright Royalty board, a three-member panel in charge of setting the statutory rates for webcasting, sets those rates.Pandora abandoned its campaign behind IRFA, instead attempting to appeal directly to the Copyright Royalty Board.Congressman Chaffetz was a co-sponsor of the House's draft of IRFA and sits on the House subcommittee in charge of copyright and music licensing.

The company has been aggressive in pursuing changes in (or clever loopholes straight through) policy that would lower the revenue required to provide music to its listeners.Its most recent quarterly financial report, released last week, showed the company paying 50.9 percent of revenue for content acquisition in Q2.

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