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Federal Campaign Laws Require Donor's Occupation and Employer: Fair or Foul?

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The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees Americans the right to free speech in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The Founding Fathers wrote this to allow people to disagree with their government and to avoid recrimination or persecution for their opposition or support of any political beliefs.

Campaign finance laws now require Americans to list their occupation and employer when donating money to a political campaign. Laws also require publicly publishing the names of donors, the recipient and the amount. This can chill free speech because anyone can look up donations and use it to punish someone. For instance, an employer may secretly disqualify an applicant because he donated to a different political party.

The First Amendment of the Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
From the Mitt Romney 2012 donation form:
"Federal law requires us to obtain and report your occupation and the name of your employer. If you are not employed, please enter None."

From the Barack Obama 2012 donation form:
"Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle."

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Does requiring information about employment violate the First Amendment? Or is it a fair federal law?

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  • les_gvt Mark In... 2012/08/17 02:22:52
    les_gvt
    +1
    I guess I better get that Ted Cruz sign out of my yard then, and better not go door knocking for Bill Flores Saturday like I had planned
  • Mark In... les_gvt 2012/08/17 02:23:56
    Mark In Irvine
    yup ... good thinkin', Lincoln
  • les_gvt Mark In... 2012/08/17 02:30:48
    les_gvt
    +2
    I would rather have a couple of Tea Party Conseervatives that happen to be Latino, than another white progressive liberal in Congress, guess I will keep the status quo
  • Franklin Mark In... 2012/08/17 20:23:13
    Franklin
    clearing illegal voters from the roster is not intimidation - only criminals do not have ID , only scum bags try to keep people from becoming members of society .
  • Joe Shw... les_gvt 2012/08/17 02:28:53
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    +1
    intimidate people? DO you think the DNC is going to come knocking on your door and ask you what business you have donating $20 to Mitt? Really?

    Ray Davies said "paranoia will destroy ya"
  • les_gvt Joe Shw... 2012/08/17 02:38:16
    les_gvt
    +1
    Actually, haven't given a penny to Romney, my $$$ goes to th Constitution Party and Virgil Goode, and you have no idea how much I have given so far this year to over 30 candidates- not including time

    But in case you missed it, Obama has tried to intimidate people that have given to Romney, and since he surrounds himself with thugs such as SEUI/ACORN, NBPP and OWS types that have a nasty habit of showing up and destroying peoples property whom they disagree with, this is nothing more than an attempt to be able to allow them to pinpoint which house to show up at
  • Joe Shw... les_gvt 2012/08/17 02:42:27
  • les_gvt Joe Shw... 2012/08/17 03:59:16
    les_gvt
    +1
    saw them at the sports Arena in San Diego while I was in the Navy, then again a couple of years later at Humphrey's by the Bay.

    Actually went to see Depeche Mode, Niel Diamond, Joan Jett, ZZ and George Strait while in SD also.

    Stevie Nicks used to live just south of the Amphib base on the Strand
  • Franklin Mark In... 2012/08/17 20:21:28
    Franklin
    I work under the table ...so what are you going to do about it kid ? I will not give a dime to this government ever again and there is NOTHING that you can do about it ...I don't work for the government and i will not pay it to do what it is now doing -
  • CTF les_gvt 2012/08/17 04:08:40
    CTF
    +1
    The gov't doesn't care who you work for. They do, however, care that donations are coming from legitemate, legal donors. This requirement (which has been in place for many years) is not about scrutiny of the donor(s), it's scrutiny for the candidates.
  • les_gvt CTF 2012/08/17 04:13:40
    les_gvt
    +2
    you mean so that Obama will not get donations from the Chinese government again? or Hezbollah
  • CTF les_gvt 2012/08/17 04:27:37
    CTF
    +1
    First off, that's a myth.... But sure. He wouldn't get deductions from the Chinese or Hezbollah.... Nor would the GOP get donations from the Saudis via Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp.

    Wacky conspiracies aside.... It looks like you get it after all. Donation disclosure is to ensure that the donations are coming from legal sources.
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/08/17 01:28:53
    Fair
    Elaine Magliacane
    +2
    Don't contribute if you're ASHAMED of doing it. You can contribute anonymously to political action committees.... so you can do that instead. You can also contribute to your local GOP or Democrat County Party or State party without having to reveal personal info.
  • Cookielane 2012/08/17 01:02:04
    Fair
    Cookielane
    +2
    I would hope that such information would prevent "buying" politicians, although I have donated to the Obama campaign several times and have never been asked that information.
  • Franklin Cookielane 2012/08/17 20:31:05
  • IndyLinda 2012/08/17 00:52:13
    Foul
    IndyLinda
    +3
    I question whether right to do so. It puts some people at risk of political/economic/social retaliation. Yet on the other hand, We need to assure that foreign nationals and fakes do not donate.
  • Tee Quake 2012/08/17 00:51:55
    Foul
    Tee Quake
    +6
    It's a despicable, thinly veiled effort to intimidate the weak of heart.
  • Mark In... Tee Quake 2012/08/17 01:46:42
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    conservatives wouldn't like that, would they ... i mean, not unless the people being intimidated are minority voters in states which are likely to vote for Obama ...
  • Zuggi 2012/08/17 00:39:30
    Fair
    Zuggi
    +14
    Free speech doesn't mean anonymous donations of millions of dollars.
  • Franklin Zuggi 2012/08/17 20:03:35
    Franklin
    when the hell did that so called rule start ? Bill Clinton got millions from China and Obama was elected with funds from un-know internet contributors ....why "change" the rules (make up NEW RULES from scratch ) now ?
  • Zuggi Franklin 2012/08/17 20:06:39
    Zuggi
    +3
    Clinton didn't get millions from China.

    Only donors under $200 were not published. All were checked.
  • Franklin Zuggi 2012/08/22 13:37:18
    Franklin
    you will say anything won't you ? The Clintons did take millions from China in their reelection campaign (look it up) and you dare to say "all were checked" when the all democrat congress of 08 checked NONE of Obama's doors -
  • Zuggi Franklin 2012/08/22 14:15:13
    Zuggi
    Oh you;
  • Command... Zuggi 2012/08/17 23:35:28
    Commander Pyle
    +1
    Why not?
  • Zuggi Command... 2012/08/18 06:33:56
    Zuggi
    +3
    Because money is different than speech.
  • Command... Zuggi 2012/08/18 08:41:13
    Commander Pyle
    What do you define as free speech? Is nudity free speech?
  • Zuggi Command... 2012/08/18 13:03:28
    Zuggi
    +1
    I'd call it freedom of expression, but only in some cases.
  • Dickens Zuggi 2012/08/19 02:57:18
    Dickens
    ...actually, Citizens United says that EVERYTHING about the U.S. government IS for sale per anonymous donations of millions of dollars...that's what happened in the waning days of the Roman Empire when the richest man in Rome bought the office of Emperor...it's the beginning of the end for us, too...
  • Dhawgg Zuggi 2012/08/20 14:07:54
    Dhawgg
    Oh yeah? Where's that written? Is that only because you dont' have a million dollars? Thought we were all supposed to be equal.
  • Zuggi Dhawgg 2012/08/20 14:14:36
    Zuggi
    +1
    Speech. Money. Two different things.

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