The Multibillion-Dollar Porn Industry Has Raised A Pathetic $411K To Fight Prop. 60—Here’s Who’s Contributed The Most

Posted October 14, 2016 by with 41 comments

411768Depending on who you ask, the porn industry is valued at anywhere between $5 and $12 billion in the United States. (That figure jumps to almost $100 billion if you consider the global market.) Even if the porn industry is worth $5 billion (the low end of estimates), why has the industry’s campaign to fight Proposition 60—California’s “mandatory condom” ballot measure—only raised a paltry $411,768?

If industry executives and studio owners were truly committed to stopping Prop. 60, you would think they’d be pouring everything they have into television spots, print ads, mailers, and online/viral videos. The “No” on 60 people have produced just one YouTube video, which was released back in June.

Other than this video, the only anti-Prop. 60 messaging I’ve seen here in California is porn stars changing their Twitter avatars. And, sorry to say, but the overwhelming majority of California voters are not following porn stars on Twitter. I was visiting relatives in Northern California earlier this month, and they (like most people) hadn’t even heard of Prop. 60. When I summarized the law (as it will read on their ballots), they said it sounded like an obvious and reasonable proposition.

There are still three weeks to raise money and get the message out, but the fact that the multibillion-dollar adult industry hasn’t even contributed half a million this late in the game—compared to the “Yes” campaign’s whopping $4.6 million, every single dollar of which has come from Michael Weinstein’s AHF—suggests that they’re disastrously unorganized, or maybe they don’t really care about Prop. 60 passing after all? Or, maybe the industry isn’t really worth the billions that it claims to be.

Here is a list of studios, adult industry groups, and other donors who have contributed the most to stop Prop. 60. Most of these are straight porn companies with nondescript DBA names (Dime Systems, Pro Data Tech, Multimedia LLC). The “biggest” contributors are Vivid and Wicked, with $54,000 and $49,000, respectively. Someone named Jeffrey Greenberg is the next biggest donor, with $40,000. AEBN—a straight porn conglomerate based in North Carolina that also owns the so-called largest producer of gay adult entertainment (Raging Hot Falcon and NakedSword)—has contributed an embarrassing $4,999. Treasure Island Media has given even less, having plopped in a measly $4,663 (although in fairness, that’s likely more than what they’ve paid in model scene rates for all of 2016). Note that foreign-based studios (i.e. Mindgeek—the biggest one of all) are not legally allowed to make monetary donations to U.S. ballot measure campaigns.

Web Data Solutions: $10,000
John Stagliano: $39,999
PHE Inc.: $25,000
Scott Taylor: $10,000
California Democratic Party: $16,007
Treasure Island Media: $4,663
Jeffrey Greenberg/WealthyMen.com: $40,000
AEBN (Raging Hot Falcon, NakedSword, etc.): $4,999
Wicked: $48,999
Multimedia LLC: $25,000
Dime Systems: $10,000
Pro Data Tech: $10,000
Free Speech Coalition: $21,600
Vivid: $53,999
Cybernet (Kink.com): $33,285

Full list of contributors here.

For perspective on just how pathetic these contributions are, look at the hundreds of millions of dollars that other groups opposing other California ballot measures have raised. For example: the tobacco industry has contributed more than $66 million to fight a cigarette tax increase, anti-death penalty groups have contributed nearly $10 million to fight a pro-death penalty measure, and the plastics industry has contributed more than $6 million to overturn a ban on plastic bags. Apparently, people who make plastic bags are more invested in their business than people who make porn.

  • ToxicBrew

    Well this is going to be a wrap.

  • Badbike
  • Andrew S.

    I just cannot understand why condom use is this gigantic deal. if all it takes to wreck your fantasy is the reality that these people use protection because they have lives outside of their career then how shoddy is your imagination?

    • n24rc

      Exactly. I mean, if you were really turned on by condomless sex, then maybe that viewer should have it themself rather than putting a vulnerable population at risk.

    • Sean

      It isn’t yours to understand anyway. I could make the argument why isn’t your imagination enough to IMAGINE sex. You can see simulated sex and know the rest. I think the argument that using condoms somehow makes performers safer is ridiculous. Condoms convey a false sense of security, especially in a porn situation. How many people have died in the last 20 years who are porn performers due to HIV? How many have died due to depression (suicide) or drug abuse?

      • Andrew S.

        All the more reason to use protection. And while talking about things that aren’t ours need I remind you that their bodies aren’t yours despite their using it as a commodity in this way. You can prefer bareback but just say that instead of doubling down on this ‘ruined’ fantasy nonsense. They’re people with lives outside of their work not sex dolls.

  • sanfv

    I can only imagine the California job market after all these hookers quit because they have to wrap it up.

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  • Estelle

    your assertion that it’s not worth billions is correct of course (you knew that). Also it looks like out of those donations only a small handful are performers (Julia Ann and Tasha reign being the two biggest names).

    Porn has always been terrible at any kind of organizing effort. Every effort to unionize has failed and their industry advocacy groups have been a joke and utter failure.

    Again porn has never been about putting talent and safety first, it’s been about making $$$ with very little regard for the health and safety of the performer. In a way why should the gay industry contribute or help, every HIV infection breakout gets blamed and shutdown gets blamed on the gay industry.

    Porn doesn’t want people to know about injuries (genital and anal tears), chronic std’s (herpes), workplace hazards (dirty toys, abusive talent, drugs, pregnancy, etc…)

    They have proven time and again that they can’t and won’t regulate themselves. Porn wants to call themselves a legitimate industry, guess what every “legitimate” profession has safety regulations from fast food workers to white collar and blue collar jobs, they all have rules.

    • sanfv

      Yaaaas honey! Speak the truth!

    • n24rc

      I don’t think the profits are as high as reported – it’s inflated estimates are their to lure in performers.

  • OverKill
  • McM.

    You’d think a site like “Wealthy Men” would be able to donate more….

  • sxg

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    Studios don’t really have to fight this too hard since all they have to do to circumvent the law is move their studios to another state, just like Kink and Raging Falcon House have done. Of course not every studio can afford to move so some might completely close up shop, but if they’ve been struggling to stay around then Prop60 would be doing them a favor…
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    • Marcus Collack

      Well If it isn’t Malachi Marx. The same guy who basically said that gay sex is not attractive, and he doesn’t like pornography, then goes to on to say, he makes a living having gay sex and doing gay porn. Haven’t seen him in a while, maybe he’s still “writing that book.”

  • Xzamilloh

    Oh, just give it up and put a damn rubber on it. Refund the money, invest in prophylactics and set up a methadone clinic nearby *Cough Cough Killian James

    Or get insurance on the models *Cough Cough Killian James

    Or just fire the walking liabilities and risks… COUGH MOTHERFUCKING COUGH KILLIAN JAMES!!

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  • a b

    The democratic party? Why?

  • LiberalButNotSheep

    Prop60 has NOTHING to do with performer safety. If passed, performers will be open to harassment as citizens will be able to sue performers. Anti-porn hacks and trolls will have an incentive for going after performers (and may have implications on small independents and cam models). Taking production out of California will not solve the problem as third party/out-of-state platforms and businesses can be held liable. https://www.freespeechcoalition.com/take-action/noprop60/

  • Pertinax

    If this issue needs to be solved in good terms, the solution must come from the inside of https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ca89db97dbea50568a74b378d2d3ad7805f048d212b0f9bf04082fb0bbef946.jpg porn industry too…

  • robirob

    I think the porn industry relies on the consumer to fight this fight for them by voting against it. It comes down to the porn audience and what it wants, politically correct or not.

    • n24rc

      Is this the same audience that likes to pirate and surf it’s free content? Good luck with that fellas! LMAO

  • BLACKjHAMMER

    I hope prop 60 passes and I think it will

  • AussieB

    The Prop 60 FAQ says porn production is only legal in CA & NH. That’s not true is it?

    • Zachary Sire

      Technically that is true, yes.

  • KP

    The opposition to 60 reminds me of the initial opposition to Prop 8. Weak and unorganized. Two big things 60 has going against it are its a presidential election year and also older voters (have no idea what it is) vote no on everything as a rule. The sanctimonious among us will screech about public safety while saying nothing about personal responsibility or choice. Weinstein and AHF are just like operation rescue (anti-choice zealots) he thinks adults need to be treated just like children for their own good, don’t let them make any of their own decisions. It’s never a good idea to put anyone’s rights up to a vote.

    • Estelle

      I think some polling shows that Prop 60 would easily pass. The No on 60 twitter page has something like 2500 followers. As it is right now, porn performers have very little recourse if they get sick, injured or abused on a porn set, and producers want to keep it like that. There is not comparison of Prop 8 to Prop 60. Again, porn won’t regulate themselves and this is what is come to. Porn tries to portray itself as another branch of the entertainment industry, but the entertainment industry has rules and rights for actors and stunt people that have to be followed to protect them. If you see yourself no different then any other industry then you should expect to be regulated like every other industry is and that includes safety.

      Look what happened to Vic Morrow and the two child actors on the set of the Twilight Zone movie.

      • Sean

        Wait so you are going to bring up what happened to Vic Morrow from over 34 years ago? WOW, that is pathetic. So I wonder, in CA are X games going to be banned, since skateboarders have a dangerous profession. They can no longer leave the board, they must stay on it 100% of the time. NASCAR can then require all drivers go under 100 MPH because it is far safer. Maybe we can have Football players start playing touch as well? There is ZERO EVIDENCE that this will increase work place safety, In fact, it opens performers up to suits. Imagine if somebody tried a stunt from Jackass and was able to sue Johnny Knoxville over it, DESPITE warnings to not try this at home? Maybe Circue De Soleil performers should be sued when a moron tries one of their stunts.

        • Estelle

          No your argument is pathetic and yes I can bring up ANY WORKPLACE RELATED INJURY OR ACCIDENT WHERE OSHA/SAFETY STANDARDS WEREN’T FOLLOWED. Why because they had consequences. Sorry but hyberboles don’t work around here. Every single one of those sports has LEGAL SAFETY STANDARDS AND PRACTICES that they have to follow or else they will get fined, sued, or banned, what part about that do you don’t get? There is zero checks and balances in porn and that is why bills like Prop 60 show up.

          Guess what there already are settled/pending workplace safety lawsuits. Kira Kener settled with Vivid after contracting a STD from a dirty sex toy, Lylith Lavey settle with BangBros after being exposed to syphilis by performer Mr. Marcus, and Kink is in the middle of several lawsuits for unsafe work environments. Not to mention the PA that was injecting trimix into performer’s dicks that sued, and the shitty filming condition stories that popup regularly here where for the most part none of the producers have be held accountable for.

          For the most part, no one is held accountable in porn when someone gets injured, abused, ripped off, or mistreated. Guess what if a stunt worker gets hurt because there something wasn’t set right, a construction worker gets killed on job because of dangerous work conditions, a secretary at a law office trips and falls because the floor wasn’t fixed, or needles at a medical clinic aren’t properly being disposed of there are consequences for that happening. Porn should be no different.

    • a b

      It’s not about considering them children, it’s about recognizing the existance of economic pressures, recognizing that work involves a certain level of coercion (everyone have to “earn their living”), so workers need collective protection.

  • Zealot

    If this election were a game (just stay with me……using a metaphor here) here is the fan base minutes before the clock runs out….

  • Maximus

    Zach has relatives? I always assumed that he was created by a process similar to that which produced The Vision, and that he immediately went off to college to get his degree in Snarky Journalism, thus providing him with no opportunity to bond with his creators.

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    P.S. I’m just poking fun, Zach. 😜

  • Super Marco Manuel

    Prop 60 needs to pass.Actually,it should pass in all states in USA.Not only in California.Straight porn stars keeps saying that condoms is made for gay porn.But,straight porn stars dont need condoms in straight porn.Because straight people have a very small risk to catch stds or becoming hiv positive? Bullshit.Straight people can catch stds and become hiv positive as much as gay men.Straight people are not immune.Straight sex doesnt mean safe sex.Straight people have stds and are also hiv positive.

    Enough with the hiv and stds being a gay thing.Everybody can be hiv positive and get stds.Whatever if they are straight,gay or bi.

    Gay porn from the 90s was 100% condom porn.All gay porn stars had sex with condoms.Gay porn stars didnt complain about it.Even if they were use to see bareback gay porn in the past.They got used to condoms in the 90s.So,if gay porn stars were able to get used to wear condoms in gay porn,straight porn stars should be able to do the same.

    Hiv positive women in straight porn usualy catch it from men in straight porn.Unlike hiv positive gay porn stars who were already hiv positive before making gay porn.So,they became hiv positive outside gay porn.

    Bring back condoms in all porn.Straight and gay.Just like 90s gay porn.Say yes to prop 60.Straight people needs to learn their lesson once and for all.Condoms are not only made for gay men.

    • Birdy65

      Everybody knows you can’t catch STD during oral sex or herpes kissing somebody and condom never break. New prop: don’t touch your partner when you do porn! And don’t have sex in real life because there are more std transmissions than in porn.
      –> Only STD tests can protect people

    • Sean

      Another asshole against choice. Cigarettes killed far more people, I guess we should ban them. Alcohol has killed far more a well. Heart attacks kill and are caused by bad diets. Bring out the diet police. If CONSENTING adults choose to have sex without a condom who the hell is the state to intervene?

  • Cosmic

    So is it looking like Prop 60 is going to pass or not?

  • Cosmic

    If Prop 60 passes will at least hurt that nasty site Billy Santoro runs?