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CEA Reveals Digital Patriots Honorees For '12

3/13/2012 02:45:00 PM Eastern

Washington - Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Jason Chaffetz
(R-Utah) and David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle
Group, are the three honorees for the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA)
eighth annual Digital Patriots Dinner, scheduled Wednesday, April 25, at the
Newseum, here.

Senator Wyden and Representative Chaffetz will be honored
for their support of technology innovation, and Rubenstein will be honored for
his role in advancing innovation, CEA said.

Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO, said, "Through their
work in Congress, Senator Wyden and Representative Chaffetz are advancing
technology entrepreneurship and preserving our role as the world's innovation
leader. David Rubenstein has made countless contributions to innovation, from
his service under President Carter, to his legal work advancing ‘fair use,' to
his stellar patriotism in acquiring and donating the Magna Carta and
Emancipation Proclamation."

Wyden was first elected to Congress in 1980, and began
serving as a senator for Oregon in 1996. Most recently, he was the first -- and
for a long time, only -- Senate opponent of the PIPA legislation and
spearheaded the introduction of the OPEN Act, built to protect innovation and
protect IP owners.

Chaffetz was elected to represent Utah's Third Congressional
District on Nov. 4, 2008. Rep. Chaffetz helped lead opposition to the Stop
Online Piracy Act and advocated more targeted and effective approaches to
online infringement.

In 1987, Rubenstein co-founded The Carlyle Group, one of the
world's largest and most diversified multi-product global alternative asset
management firms. In addition to serving as the firm's managing director,
Rubenstein is also the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, president of the
Economic Club of Washington, and on the boards of directors or trustees of Duke
University, the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations and the
Institute for Advanced Study.

All proceeds from the Digital Patriots Dinner will be
donated to the Ron Brown Scholar Program. Named for the late Secretary of
Commerce, and inspired by his dedication to public service, the Ron Brown
Scholar Program was established in 1996 to provide scholarships and support for
bright but economically challenged African-Americans seeking higher education.
In the 1980s, Ron Brown worked as a lawyer with David Rubinstein and CEA on
legislation and litigation ensuring that new innovative products would not be
restricted by copyright owners' efforts to block or restrict new products
and services.

Coinciding with the Digital Patriots Dinner is CES on the
Hill, scheduled Tuesday, April 24, at the Rayburn House Office Building in
Washington, which will feature cutting-edge technologies evolving the industry
and at the center of today's policy debates. For more information or to
register for the Digital Patriots Dinner and CES on the Hill, visit http://ce.org/events.