Usually, when congressional candidates go to Washington they are seeking support and money. But Republican Vernon Robinson of Winston-Salem actually bore gifts when he was in D.C. last week to meet with GOP leaders.
Robinson, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Brad Miller in the 13th Congressional District, gave each GOP House member the names and addresses of his donors from their states. Robinson said the 42,000 names had an in-kind value of $116,000.
My question is whether the 42,000 donors wanted their private information revealed. It would seem to me to be a breach of trust. When I donate, I know there is some information that the candidate needs to report, but I do not want him throwing around my private information so that I receive unsolicited junk mail from other candidates.