MCCRC and Peace Action Montgomery today released the findings from our questionnaire for Congressional candidates. The questionnaire was sent to those seeking Federal office in Maryland’s 3rd, 6th, and 8th Congressional Districts, and to those running for Senate. All Democratic and Republican primary candidates were invited to participate in the survey, along with Green, Libertarian, and independent candidates. A total of 23 candidates responded to the survey.
Topics covered by the questionnaire include drone attacks, the NSA, military spending, police practices, nuclear weapons, encryption, Israel/Palestine, surveillance of First Amendment protected activity, refugees, Guantanamo and indefinite detention and programs to "counter violent extremism."
Some interesting findings:
- 100% of 22 responding candidates support Congressional investigation of the FBI and DHS for their surveillance and infiltration of nonviolent protest movements like #BlackLivesMatter and anti-Keystone Pipeline groups
- 96% agree that metadata are covered by the 4th Amendment, and that they would work to roll back NSA warrantless electronic surveillance
- 95% support the ENCRYPT Act preventing states from mandating "back doors" to encrypted devices.
- 91% support the End Racial Profiling and Stop Militarization of Police Acts
Candidate questionnaire responses are tabulated by issue here, with links leading directly to any comments by the candidate about the question.
Find out which candidates best reflect your views on peace, foreign policy and civil rights by clicking here.
And be sure to VOTE: early voting begins April 14 and election day is April 26.