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house Bill H.R. 918

Should PACs be Required to Disclose Their Major Donors’ Identifying Information?

Argument in favor

The influence of so-called “dark money” in U.S. elections is significant and harmful to our democracy. Unmasking the wealthy donors who make political donations to PACs to influence elections is needed, especially in an increasingly partisan era.

SeanK's Opinion
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02/22/2019
Pacs should be illegal but if we're going to have them then we need to at least know who sponsors our politicians.
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KevinRosa's Opinion
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02/22/2019
Money is not speech. Period. Dark money and corruption have no place in a democratic society. We should have free and fair elections and have public financing of elections.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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02/22/2019
Transparency transparency transparency. WE THE PEOPLE need to know who is buying our government. They shouldn’t be legal at all, but until we get serious campaign finance reform laws we have to deal with this “legal corruption”
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Argument opposed

The Supreme Court already ruled against forcing nonprofits — even political ones — to disclose their donors as it may have a chilling effect on free speech. Additionally, since PAC donations aren’t tax-deductible, donor information isn’t needed for the IRS to do its job as the U.S.’ tax authority.

JTJ's Opinion
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02/23/2019
Absolutely not. Individuals who donate $5k are not “dark money” donors. This is a huge violation of people’s privacy and speech rights.
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Ellen's Opinion
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02/22/2019
Public disclosure could be dangerous to donors from mentally unstable folks whom disagree with recipients.
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tituswife's Opinion
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02/22/2019
This would infringe our #1stAmendment rights.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019
    Pacs should be illegal but if we're going to have them then we need to at least know who sponsors our politicians.
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    Absolutely not. Individuals who donate $5k are not “dark money” donors. This is a huge violation of people’s privacy and speech rights.
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    Money is not speech. Period. Dark money and corruption have no place in a democratic society. We should have free and fair elections and have public financing of elections.
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    Transparency transparency transparency. WE THE PEOPLE need to know who is buying our government. They shouldn’t be legal at all, but until we get serious campaign finance reform laws we have to deal with this “legal corruption”
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    We should know who donates to campaigns. PAC s should be illegal.
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    Free speech is guaranteed. Anonymous speech is NOT. People and corporations need to be responsible for their speech, including their political donations.
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    Is transparency a nonexistent thing? Why would we shroud anything, especially money in secrecy? How can we say this is for the people by the people, but um... Not to be known by the people or from which people. Not okay. Disclosure is imperative. Stop hiding behind your donors dirty money.
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    If you believe in a cause so greatly then you shouldn’t be afraid to have your name made public!
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    There should be no such things as PACs. And they certainly should NOT be tax exempt! They are NOT charitable organizations. I call bullshit on that and the PACs. They buy votes! That is their sole purpose! We need big changes and we need them now. No more of this crap in 2020. WE MUST RISE UP! THIS HAS TO STOP! Who in their right mind would call donating money free speech? Can money open its mouth and words come out? You crooked assholes need to go. Can't be soon enough! And Barr, will your son being an advisor to the President not influence your decision on the disclosure of the Mueller report? Yeah, right, it won't! We'll see. Won't we?
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    Yes disclosure must be required from all donors to federal level politicians.
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    Transparency, Transparency, Transparency! Dark monies indeed. The list must be made public. If you’re willing to accept the money to back your campaign and your causes, your constituency deserves to know who lines your pockets.
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    We have a right to know who you work for.
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    Publicly funded elections are the only way to ensure fair elections.
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    Yes, please. We need transparency in our elections. Even if we can’t enact limits on donations to PACs, which is ideal, we should at least know who is funding them.
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    It should also include a statement that claims they are not a front for someone else or a shell Corp. making the donation prosecutable for perjury if they lie.
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    This has been a long time coming and should be required ASAP.
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    There is no reason for someone to hide their identity when making a political donation. To be allowed to do so opens the door for foreign and illegal contributions. Silent speech is not the same as free speech. If you want your speech to be heard, have the integrity to claim it as yours and attach your name to your donation.
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    Anyone who doesn’t want to be identified is probably the kind of entity we should know about
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    Absolutely. There should be zero anonymity for people paying to influence political causes.
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    More transparency of funding is always a good thing
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