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The Stop Online Piracy Act, the Hollywood-backed legislation to curb online copyright infringement, is currently being debated in Congress, but it is getting some play on the 2012 campaign trail.

Speaking at a rally for veterans at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) cited the legislation as an example of government’s encroachment on civil liberties. Paul, along with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), have been opposed to the legislation.

“There is an attack on the Internet right now,” said Paul, straining a bit to cite the correct name of the bill. With the legislation, he said, the government is “opening the doors to knowing everything you do and to measure everything you do” in fighting copyright theft. He suggested that the bill amounted to the government “taking over the Internet.” Many in the audience rose in applause.

Blogger Erick Erickson pledged on RedState last week to work against any representative, from the left or the right, who votes for SOPA. He even called out Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), saying that he would do “everything in my power to defeat her” because she is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

The House Judiciary Committee’s markup of the legislation is expected to resume when Congress returns from its break. The legislation has a substantial list of supporters from both parties, but the bipartisanship is working in opposition as well.

Although the bill is expected to pass the Judiciary Committee by a wide margin, after sailing through the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously, opponents have engaged social media, bloggers and online sites in their effort to stop the legislation. As such, they have been able to characterize the legislation as an effort to change the Internet as we know it, something that can undoubtedly have some resonance as campaign rhetoric.