- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mitt Romney may have famed porn star Jenna Jameson on his side, but the pornography industry is backing President Obama’s re-election by an overwhelming margin, according to an industry poll conducted by the media organization XBIZ.

Of 339 respondents from XBIZ.net, a top social network for the adult-entertainment industry, 68 percent favor Mr. Obama, 13 percent favor Republican Mitt Romney, 14 percent want “someone else” and 5 percent responded “I don’t care.”

Larry Flynt, the founder of Hustler magazine, took out full-page ads last month in The Washington Post and USA Today offering $1 million in cash for information about Mr. Romney’s tax returns, offshore accounts, bank accounts or business partnerships that could be used against him.

Mr. Flynt said he was “not surprised” the industry favors Mr. Obama, according to XBIZ.

Steven Hirsch, the CEO of Vivid Entertainment, also said the results were predictable, telling XBIZ that people who work in the industry tend to have a more liberal view of how government should work.

But John Stagliano, founder of Evil Angel, had a different preference.

“The only candidate who protects our right to do business is the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson,” Mr. Stagliano told XBIZ. “He was the only person dealing with the real problems we have, like war, the debt, censorship and inefficient government.”

Not that Mr. Romney doesn’t have his fans in the porn business. Ms. Jameson in August said that “when you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.”

Mr. Romney also has received the warm embrace from Ms. Jameson’s male equivalent, porn legend Ron Jeremy, who said in an interview with the Boston Herald that while he is voting for President Obama, he still considered Mr. Romney a “good man.”

Ms. Jameson later clarified her endorsement in a news conference, according to The New Yorker.

“He’s the only person who’s assumed more positions than I have,” she said. “There’s nothing more American, I think, than screwing people you don’t know for money.”

Mitt Romney will do to all of America what I have already done to half of America,” she concluded.

Ms. Jameson, however, apparently did not factor into her decision the fact that the Republican Party platform this year calls for the federal government to vigorously enforce its anti-obscenity laws, which ban the distribution of obscene pornography online, on cable or satellite television, on hotel and motel television, or through the mail.

“The porn industry is flourishing because the Obama administration has given it a green light to distribute hard-core porn to every man, woman and child in America,” said Patrick Trueman, president of the group Morality in Media. “I don’t believe President Obama understands the devastating influence of pornography on American society and particularly to our nation’s youth. It contributes to lifelong addictions for children and adults, and increases the demand for child pornography and trafficked women and children.”

“We have done everything we know how to do to get the Obama administration to enforce pornography laws, including getting nearly half the U.S. Senate and dozens of U.S. House members to sign letters to Attorney General Eric Holder urging enforcement of current obscenity laws,” Mr. Trueman continued.