I saw this is an FEC update I got this afternoon, and thought it was, uh, interesting:
AOR 2012-38 (Socialist Workers Party). On November 30, the Commission made public a supplement to the request. The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has, as a result of the threat of harassment and threat of violence, maintained since 1990 an exemption from the Act and Commission regulations requiring reporting to the FEC contributors to the SWP and to the recipients of SWP disbursements The SWP files reports with the Commission containing coded references to contributors and recipients of disbursements, rather than names, addresses and other identifying information. The SWP requests renewal of this exemption.
They file reports, but they assign their donors numbers, and report nothing about their addresses or employers. Simply put, the Socialists have a bigger right to privacy than you do.
The letter from their lawyer requesting the latest exemption is at this link. The socialists claimed, among other things, that the their supporters were targeted for threats of violence. People who donated to anti-gay marriage proposals in California experienced threats and violence, too. I suspect the left would have a public, loud fit if any of those groups filed for an exemption like this.
They talk about a precedent of economic consequences to their donors. Apparently people make it a point not to do business with Socialists. What the heck are socialists doing owning businesses? Do they think the government is going to do a better job running it.
Heh....if Glenn Beck, Roger Ailes or Rush Limbaugh start a PAC, they've got a great PR stunt just waiting to happen, don't you think? It's pretty clear that they've suffered some economic consequences for their political positions.
The Socialists also insist that their politics make them susceptible to government harassment That's probably true, in as much as we're all victims of that, ...but this while they're out there promoting bigger, meaner government?
Laws are for other people. I need to remember that.
Meh - another win for the perpetual whiners.