Donor Privacy News – March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019 | PUFP Staff

Following are a few noteworthy articles and op-eds about donor privacy that have been published recently.

Coalition Letter in Opposition to H.R. 1
On Wednesday, FreedomWorks sent a coalition letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) signed by representatives from more than 30 organizations against H.R. 1. This legislation would have the effect of nationalizing elections, make the Federal Elections Commission a partisan entity, and have a chilling effect on political speech.

H.R.1 or The Democrat Politician Protection Act (video)
Senator Mitch McConnnell
H.R.1. is a blatant power grab to give Washington bureaucrats control over what American citizens can say about politics, how we can say it, and how we cast our ballots.

NJ must protect identity of political donors
David Sukoff
Our legislators are confusing the right of citizens to privately engage in the political process with their own public personas.  Legislators publicly run for office and vote for the laws that impact our lives. That is why they are called public officials. As citizens we have a right to fund efforts questioning their motives and their votes. Given that we are not public officials, we have no obligation to expose ourselves. However, one legislator explained he was supporting the bill because citizens who engage in public policy should be subject to the same harassment he is.  Ironically, he asked that his name be withheld.

Rock Springs Investigation Shows the Dark Side of Campaign Finance Laws
Wyoming Liberty Group
A recent episode in Rock Springs shows the dark side of so-called campaign finance “reform”—all too often, these laws are not used to investigate and prosecute political corruption, but to punish or retaliate against free speech, undermining citizens’ First Amendment rights.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Budget Proposal Would Force Grassroots Activists to Register as Lobbyists
The Intercept
A lobbying proposal tucked away in Cuomo’s executive budget would lower the annual spending threshold for what counts as lobbying from $5,000 to $500 — requiring grassroots organizations, run largely by volunteers, that engage in even a bit of issue-based advocacy to register as lobbyists.