[FoRK] Newsroom score: American Taliban

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at jarbox.org
Thu Aug 30 09:42:49 PDT 2012

On Aug 30, 2012, at 9:12 AM, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
>> I do not follow how this would rule out donations from most multinationals or the chamber of commerce in any consistent application.
> In the case of the Chamber of Commerce, it solicits money from foreign
> citizens, and though it may ostensibly firewall the funds from the
> pool it uses to pay for political speech, money is fungible, and any
> such firewalling is illusory. The influence of the money isnt
> firewalled.

The same arguments could be made that firewalling is illusory for individuals as well. Many people have money that is arguably in part sourced from and controlled by foreign citizens. This is what I meant by "consistent application". Your definition of "foreign money" is vague enough that it can be used to create a convenient double standard.

As it happens, we already have pretty strict and consistent definitions of "foreign money". What you really seem to be objecting to is that it is basically impossible to only exclude donations from people you don't like and to only include donations from people you do like with such definitions. It is not easy to disenfranchise one set of people without creating unintended collateral disenfranchisement.

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