An independent research group that analyzes “adult internet sites” found that the issuance of gov’t stimulus checks correlated with an increase in internet porn sales.

Corey Lorinsky from Clusterstock explains that it was previously assumed that only Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, and grocery stores were benefiting from the stimulus checks, but that simply isn’t the case.

I guess this is another way of describing ‘trickle down economics’? According to Clusterstock, the press release also spewed these priceless gems of data:

An independent market-research firm, AIMRCo (Adult Internet Market Research Company), has discovered that many websites focused on adult or erotic material have experienced an upswing in sales in the recent weeks since checks have appeared in millions of Americans’ mailboxes across the country.

According to Kirk Mishkin, Head Research Consultant for AIMRCo, “Many of the sites we surveyed have reported 20-30% growth in membership rates since mid-May when the checks were first sent out, and typically the summer is a slow period for this market.”

Anybody have an idea of what kind of salary ‘Head Research Consultant’ for porn sites earns?

We were aware of the stimulus check deals going on over at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, but increased internet porn sales? I thought internet porn was basically free. It’s pretty much everywhere you look already. God forbid you do an innocent Google image search for “horses” without ‘SafeSearch’ turned up to maximum blockage, and it might be the biggest regret of your life.

A spokeswoman for a porn site quoted in the press release also said:

“In a June 15, 2008 survey to our members, thirty two percent of respondents referenced the recent stimulus package as part of their decision to either become a new member, or renew an existing membership.”

I guess I’m not totally surprised. Is anyone really?

Clusterstock: Where The Government Stimulus Checks Really Went: Porn, July 2, 2008

Yahoo News: President Bush Boosts Porn Industry With Economic Stimulus Plan, According To AIMRCo, July 2, 2008