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Re: [tor-talk] Non-free country law preventing Tor from getting donations
Sebastian G. <bastik.tor> wrote:
> Andrew wrote:
>> - Looked into legality of receiving a large financial donation from a
>> country on the US Treasury embargoed list. Unsurprisingly, we cannot
>> accept such a donation due to the source.
> Money is speech, isn't it? It's just a promise.* If that is true, then
> preventing you from taking money is a violation of your first amendment.
Well, sort of. In campaign finance law, "money is speech," but
America hasn't quite figured out how these laws complement or conflict.
And there's a standing list of embargoed countries. It's an
incredibly tricky legal area.
(I've ~really~ got to start reading tor-reports more often) 
> Money is money; independent from the source.
Money (especially donations to non-profits) are perceived to have
politics attached to it. After Hurricane Katrina, there was a bit of an
uproar after Kuwait offered to donate $400m in oil and $100m in actual
money. My (limited) understanding is that Country X can use good deeds
like those to try to rehabilitate their image, or use it to insinuate a
political tie between themselves and the US. With some countries, these
sanctions go away after a while, but with others it's a difficult
situation long-term. Imagine if, to choose a totally random example,
North Korea decided to give a billion dollars to anti-poverty charities
while its people go hungry. Or if Lukashenko gave a few million to
lobby for journalistic protections in the US while having an awful
 that awkward moment when you're reading someone's funder report and
it has your name in it. surprise!
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