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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is being targeted by TestPAC, a Political Action Committee (PAC) that was formed by a group of Reddit social media users.

The group is working to secure Smith’s defeat in an upcoming primary because the congressman was the author and co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

TestPAC has already raised enough money to purchase a massive billboard in Smith’s home turf of San Antonio, Texas.

Since the PAC is not directly supporting either of Smith’s GOP primary opponents, it is prohibited by election laws from running negative ads against Smith.

“Our objective here is to target the primary election and make this a cause in the primary election, where we have a much greater chance of defeating him and getting someone else who has an anti-SOPA stance and is pro-Internet rights,” Jeromie Whalen, the PAC’s chair, told Mashable.

Due to the fact that Texas has an open primary, Democrats and Independents are free to participate and cast votes for Republican candidates if they so choose.

TestPAC’s motivation appears to be based on a political tug of war that is taking place between Silicon Valley and Hollywood over anti-piracy bills in the U.S. Congress.

Smith is viewed by the creators of the PAC as being in the pocket of the corporate ranks of the entertainment industry.

“I would say that our biggest concern is removing Lamar Smith from Congress, due to the fact that he has made it clear he would rather listen to corporate entertainment rather than his constituencies,” Whalen said.

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