Resolution 9:17:2 Amend Financial Disclosure for Endorsement of Electoral Candidates

Author: Jeremy Low

Whereas, Resolution #2 passed at the 2017 Convention of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America contains the following language: "disclose a list of their corporate and private donors" in reference to electoral candidates the Chapter may decide to support or endorse;

Whereas, the disclosure of "private" donors to a political campaign below the threshold currently required by the Federal Election Commission or Pennsylvania state law could result in a significant data set of donors the Chapter has no interest in vetting;

Whereas, the disclosure of donors to a campaign who donated less than $250 (state) or $200 (federal) presents a burden to campaigns the Chapter may otherwise wish to support and/or endorse;

Whereas, the Chapter has no defined method of ensuring the confidentially of that data if provided by a campaign;

Whereas, the disclosure of small campaign donors, i.e., those who contribute $10 or $20 dollars, is outside the spirit of the resolution;

Be it therefore resolved that the words "disclose a list of their corporate and private donors" are hereby replaced by the words "disclose a list of their corporate and private donors whose donations for the current election total more than $250.00; if a candidate receives campaign contributions from 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6) entities, the Steering Committee or its designee shall be empowered to request from the candidate a list of donors to said entities whose aggregate contributions exceed $250.00 for the current election;"

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