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December 13, 2004
How to Support IPac without Selling Your Soul
We've been waiting for an active, successful "GeekPAC" for years, and now we've got IPac, an intellectual property PAC that focuses like a laser beam on a worthy goal: bringing constitutional balance back to copyright law. But some supporters worry that in supporting candidates who support balance, they might also inadvertently support other, not-so-great things.
"There are many candidates out there who may stand for the copyright fight but may be against personal beliefs and views concerning our society and politics," writes a supporter. "This, for me at least, presents a moral dilemma. Though I understand and agree with being non-partisan, how can I vote for someone who is against my social and moral beliefs, and how can we know that we are voting into office the best person for a job based on one area of concern?"
It's a good question, and IPac's Matt Stoller has an good answer. The organization encourages you to support IPac in any case, of course, but if you're uncomfortable with that, give selectively.
"As election time approaches, we will send you notices on who we endorse, and the reasons why we endorse them," writes Matt. "You can choose to give to specific candidates at that time, and though IPac will have no control over where the money goes, those candidates will know that you care about the issue of copyright reform. This gives you the advantage of being able to control for ideological factors and isolate your donations to those with whom you are politically comfortable."
Giving to IPac means you're going to give to a political campaign -- and no one has control over what a candidate will do once elected. IPac will help you learn about the candidates beforehand, and you can "control" for other factors that way. That's all any group could do to help ensure that your money is going in the right direction. The advantage of giving through IPac is that your candidate will know it's because you support balance in copyright law.
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