WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Personal Information means information you provide to us that specifically identifies you (such as your name, address, email address, or billing information). Personal Information does not include aggregate information, which is data we collect about the use of our Site or about a group or category of services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed.
WHAT DO WE COLLECT?
Personal Information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit Democracy Engine Inc PAC. We collect information you voluntarily provide to us, such as when you make a donation, send us an email, sign-up to receive email or updates, connect through a social feed, fill out a form, or request information. Such information may include Personal Information.
Campaign finance law and regulations also require us to collect certain Personal Information from those who donate.
When you use Democracy Engine Inc PAC, some information is may be automatically collected, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring website, and your activity on our Site. We treat this information as Personal Information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying information mentioned above. Otherwise, it is used in the aggregate only, without personal identifiers.
The Site may contain links to other web sites. Democracy Engine Inc PAC is not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Policy applies solely to information collected by our Site.
WHAT WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION
We use your Personal Information to facilitate your use of the Site. We may over time use your email address to let you know about new services on our Site, or information about political issues, candidates and elections that may be of interest to you.
We do not sell, rent or otherwise share your Personal Information with any third parties except in the following specific circumstances:
Compliance with Law. We may preserve or disclose your Personal Information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, or legal request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security, or technical issues; or to protect Democracy Engine Inc PAC’s rights or property. You should also be aware that we, and the eventual recipients of your donations to Democratic nominees, are required to file public reports that contain some Personal Information with the Federal Election Commission or state campaign finance regulators.
Business Transfers. This Policy will apply to your Personal Information in the event that Democracy Engine Inc PAC is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization, or a sale of assets. However, your information may be transferred to another entity as part of that transaction.
Democracy Engine Inc PAC does not knowingly ask for or collect personally identifying information from children under the age of 13. If you become aware that your child has provided Democracy Engine Inc PAC with Personal Information without your consent, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will take steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s use of the Site.
We value your opinions to make our site more useful and relevant. You may email us at any time with feedback, testimonials, suggestions and ideas about our products and services—or you may also provide such content through other means which we’ll call “Responses.” We may use any of your Responses in any way, without obligation to you.
Democracy Engine Inc PAC is limited to users in the United States, so the privacy laws of the United States govern the use of our Site.
CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
We reserve the right to change the provisions of this Policy at any time and will alert you to changes in this policy with an effective date at the bottom. Questions or comments regarding this Policy should be sent to email@example.com.
Effective date of this version: February 15, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DE PAC CALIFORNIA PROJECT?
The Democracy Engine Inc PAC California Project is an effort to turn 10 California Congressional districts blue in 2018: CA-04, CA-10, CA-21, CA-22, CA-25, CA-39, CA-45, CA-48, CA-49, and CA-50.
WHAT IS THE DEMOCRACY ENGINE INC PAC?
Democracy Engine Inc PAC is a political committee (seperate segregated fund) registered with the Federal Election Commission.
HOW DOES THE PROJECT WORK?
In a nutshell: we let you donate now (even before the nominee is known) to each of the eventual Democratic nominees for Congress in these 10 targeted districts in 2018. We take your donation, divide it into 10 parts and hold onto the money until a Democratic nominee is selected in the primary in June. Then we send them the money.
In more legalistic terms (for the lawyers and campaign finance geeks out there): the funds you donate via this website are contributions to Democracy Engine Inc PAC that are then designated (“earmarked” in campaign finance regulation-speak) to each of the 468 Democratic nominees for each House district or Senate seat in the 2018 general election in accordance with FEC Advisory Opinion 1982-23.
In the event there is no Democratic nominee in a district or there is more than one Democratic nominee, the funds for that district will be forwarded to NextGen Climate Action Committee.
WHEN WILL THE NOMINEES GET MY MONEY?
Democracy Engine Inc PAC will hold onto your donations for each nominee until the primary election (June 5, 2018). We then have 10 days to send your money (along with everyone else's) to the newly nominated Democrat.
All donations—along with all disbursements—are reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Reporting is quarterly and the FEC makes all reports available online, so you can always check on your donations and our distributions.
WHAT ABOUT FEES?
First off, 100% of your donations will go to the candidates - so if you’re donating $5.00 to each of them, that’s exactly what you’re donating. But, credit cards are not free and just like everyone else (including ActBlue, Kickstarter and PayPal), we have to account for processing fees. Democracy Engine Inc PAC relies on Democracy Engine LLC to process and distribute contributions.
Democracy Engine LLC will collect a 4% + $0.30 processing fee on top of your contribution to the Democratic nominees. This sum covers both the processing fees—credit card, debit card, ACH, etc.—and costs of distribution to candidates. It also provides Democracy Engine with a small profit, which is required by campaign finance law. And just to compare: ActBlue collects 3.95%.; PayPal takes 2.9% + $0.20 (and they don’t have to track and distribute money to 10 recipients); and Kickstarter keeps 5% on top of the processing fees.
Democracy Engine has low rates and the services we need. So we're happy to work with them in our effort to crowdsource democracy, cut the GOP off at the knees, and make the country - and world - a better place.
You can reach us at pac (at) democracyengine.com or (202) 630-6597 (if you get our voicemail, just send us an e-mail as we'll respond faster).