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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.

Warning letter to AUVSI from the FEC for noncompliance with reporting requirements.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:

Dear Treasurer:
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….

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.

3 thoughts on “Surveillance Drone PAC keeps its Campaign Finances out of Public View”

  1. ella says:

    There is another commercial use for drones and those businesses, it would seem, would be large donors to the PAC.

    And some states have created rules for the use of drones:
    “In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), mandating everything from where drones can be flown to whether law enforcement can use them to gather evidence. But advocates for the technology, which is growing in popularity both commercially and among hobbyists, say legislatures are overstepping their authority and hamstringing an industry ripe for growth.”

    Even though 45 or more states are considering legislation concerning drones, the state of California has vetoed a type of privacy law. Although how a person could measure the vertical distance of 350 feet from their location to the drone is questionable.
    “In California, however, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Wednesday that would have made flying a drone less than 350 feet above private property without consent a trespassing violation.”

    1. Jim Cook says:

      But take a look at the proportion of AUVSI member budgets devoted to military.

      1. ella says:

        Hmm, do you believe the government is supporting a AUVSI PAC? It is reasonable that the military has a vested interest in drones, and that would naturally lead business people to those lucrative contracts. But the military cannot contribute to a PAC, can it?

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