Surveillance Drone PAC keeps its Campaign Finances out of Public View
File this under “I” for “isn’t that rich”:
AUVSI PAC, the poltical action committee of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, is the business lobby and campaign funding arm of the world’s largest business group representing the interests of drone manufacturers. Drones, as we all know,are designed to fly high and watch people from above, capturing their activities as they go about their daily lives.
While AUVSI is registered as a PAC to divert its cash to politicians and convince members of Congress to let drones be used for greater and greater surveillance of everyday people, the AUVSI PAC has received a warning letter from the Federal Election Commission for failing to make its financial interactions with politicians visible to everyday citizens:
It has come to the attention of the Federal Election Commission that you may have
failed to file the above referenced report of receipts and disbursements or failed to file a
report covering the entire reporting period as required by the Federal Election
Campaign Act, as amended. 52 U.S.C. §30104(a).
It is important that you file this report immediately with the Federal Election
Commission, 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20463. Please note that electronic
filers must submit their reports electronically, as per 11 CFR §104.18. A copy of the
report or relevant portions must also be filed with the Secretary of State or equivalent
State officer unless the State is exempt from the federal requirement to receive and
maintain paper copies. You can verify the Commission’s receipt of any documents
submitted by your committee on the FEC website at www.fec.gov….
While drones place innocent citizens under increasing surveillance, the PAC representing drone manufacturers is preventing those same citizens from learning what kind of campaign contributions is may be spreading around our nation’s capital.
Surveillance for thee, but not for me: this appears to be the new AUVSI motto.