- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2000

They say their support is fervent but unwanted.
Nevertheless, several thousand members of the Internet adult entertainment industry are expected to endorse Al Gore for president during "IA2000," an upcoming trade show in New Orleans.
The ranks of the 4,000 attendees include publishers, technical service providers, performers and other on-line purveyors of X-rated content. Sponsors for the show include Cybererotica and RJB Telecom, two companies that operate such Web sites as "XXX Password" and "Kara's Adult Playground," respectively.
Mr. Gore and the Democratic Party are the first order of business when the convention opens Friday morning.
A forum called "Adult Community Meeting: Vote Democratic!" is planned to address the group's political concerns, particularly the November elections.
"Al Gore and Joe Lieberman are about to get a fervent endorsement they probably would just as soon not have," said an IA2000 spokesman, who thinks the session will be "one of the best attended."
Though most participants are expected to support Mr. Gore, "their endorsement will not be welcome," the spokesman added.
But the Democrats seem to be the party of choice.
"Don't underestimate the ramifications of right-wing government on E-commerce," said Paul Cambria, a Los Angles-based First Amendment lawyer who will moderate the session.
"We're going to encourage attendees to encourage their various audiences to vote for Gore and Lieberman," he said. "This is a get-out-the-vote effort. No one should underestimate the power of adult industry consumers."
Mr. Cambria, who has represented Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and musician Marilyn Manson in the past, also hopes to raise political awareness.
"The ticket means more than just Gore and Lieberman. There are judges, prosecutors we have to think of that too," he said. "But in the long run, the Democrats may just prove to be the lesser of two evils."
In the past, Democrats have been associated with "free expression," Mr. Cambria added, "despite personal attitudes and behaviors of the politicians. And right now they're on their best behavior."
Mr. Cambria cited Mr. Gore's decision to move a fund-raiser from the Playboy Mansion during the Democratic convention, Mr. Lieberman's religious conservatism and Tipper Gore's past objections to dubious rock music lyrics.
Others have pondered Mr. Gore's actions as he attempts to add centrist values to his party while not alienating the oft-left-leaning entertainment world.
During an appearance on CNN Sunday, Lynne Cheney, wife of Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard B. Cheney, took Mr. Gore to task.
He talked "values" by day, Mrs. Cheney said, only to attend an evening "party with the entertainment industry, raise millions of dollars, listen to scatological jokes about people who are concerned about the entertainment industry marketing adult products to our children; sit there and listen to jokes so how shall I say this politely X-rated, that I can't think of anyone I could tell them to."
In the meantime, convention organizers note they do not produce child pornography and will offer a seminar on child protection.
"Child pornographers and those who consume child porn are, as a group, some of the most reviled persons on the planet," said show manager Renee Johnson. "Responsible people in the legitimate adult industry want to eradicate child porn and we are in a unique position to do something about it."

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