Pennsylvania Has Been Collecting Info on Citizens for Years

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 | by NATHAN BENEFIELD

There has been a hullabaloo over the discovery that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security (under the Emergency Management Agency), has been paying a private company to put together details about protests and rallies that may, or may not, turn violent. These event lists were then sent out via bulletin to local police and potential targets.

While it is a waste of taxpayer money to pay a consultant to troll Google for event listings, the outrage is a bit late.

The PA Department of State has for years been collecting information about the political activity of average citizens. Worse yet, they post this information online for all to see -- including the city and employer of each individual.

It's called Campaign Finance Disclosure.

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