The Critical 'I'

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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Yup, you can indeed find out which of your friends and neighbors made political campaign contributions, and to which candidate, through Fundrace 2004. Here's what's shaking in my neighborhood (actually, it's more like my city--even searching by ZIP code, it's not particularly specific). Lots of familiar names in there, actually.

This may smack of unauthorized access, but by law, it's not:

Federal election law makes the snooping possible. Presidential candidates are required to disclose contributions of $200 or more, and the Federal Election Commission makes databases available for download.

The thing is, would the knowledge that such information is easily attainable dissuade some people from giving in the future? The big-time contributors won't be bothered, but is it worth the exposure to give a couple of hundred bucks?