HR-1: The Doxxer Enablement Act

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

An article in the Federalist warns of "15 Insane Things" in HR-1, the bill the Democrats say will protect voting rights, but which, predictably, is actually an attempted power grab.

Perhaps the most alarming is Item 8, which the ACLU has written against in letters to Congress:

A glass house for every non-profit and a mob for every donor? (Image by Gunnar Ridderström, via Unsplash, license.)
If passed, the bill would require that political speakers and nonprofit organizations publish the identities of their donors. This would create blacklists for leftist activists to target to prevent their political opponents from the opportunity to speak in public, note the attorneys general.

In addition, the bill would require massive compliance costs for "candidates, citizens, civic groups, unions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations," says the Heritage Foundation. "Many of these provisions violate the First Amendment, protect incumbents, and reduce the accountability of politicians to the public; its onerous disclosure requirements for nonprofit organizations would subject their members and donors to intimidation and harassment."

Even the leftist American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about these provisions in a letter to top House Democrats. These sections of H.R. 1 "could harm political advocacy and expose non-profit donors to harassment and threats of violence should their support for organizations be subject to forced disclosure," the ACLU wrote. [bold added, link omitted]
For that provision alone, this bill deserves fierce opposition, but the rest reads like a recipe for turning America into a one-party state, based on the description and interpretation within the rest of this piece.

-- CAV

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