After Governor Scott Walker was elected in 2010, he was successful in bringing reforms to Wisconsin. And that upset a lot of people. As a result, government officials from groups like the Government Accountability Board worked in secret to target conservatives who supported the reforms, making their lives a living hell.
When someone’s personal information is exposed and they are harassed because of the causes they support, lives can be devastated and free speech is threatened.
Across the country, there’s a growing call to force non-profit groups to report the names and addresses of their donors to the government. The government would post this information on a public website that anyone could see. The reason activists want to see this private information is simple: they want to be able to target you for your personal beliefs.
We’re not talking about putting donations to political candidates online. That information is already reported to the government and posted on websites. We’re talking about your donations to causes and groups that you support that are doing work in your community or around the world to advance your values.
Every American has the right to support causes he or she believes in without fear of harassment and intimidation.
Watch this video to learn more about what happened in Wisconsin and share it with your friends. We need to prevent this from happening again.
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