Alex Alben, American politician, author and technology executive, was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 2004, a campaign which drew national attention because of the high tech district and the media personalities involved in the race, as noted by media coverage in The New York Times, "In a House Campaign With Personality, One Candidate Has the Microphone," June 12, 2004. He ran as a Democrat in the Eighth Congressional District of Washington. The seat was held by Republican Jennifer Dunn, who retired after Alben announced that he would run for the seat. It is now held by Republican Dave Reichert. Part of the Microsoft corporate campus is located within the district, which stretches from the affluent suburbs of Bellevue and Mercer Island to the rural areas of south King County and a swath of Pierce County. Since its creation, the seat has been held by Republican legislators.
Alben for Congress 2004
Current licensing practices already impose substantial costs and administrative burdens upon these [digital media] companies, and it would be untenable and unfair to require them to shoulder additional costs with respect to these buffer copies.