Collection of Information
Information You Provide Voluntarily to Us
We collect information you provide voluntarily to us. For example, we collect information when you fill out a form, send us an email, sign up to receive email updates, request information, sign up as a volunteer, make a donation, communicate with us via third-party social media sites, or otherwise communicate with us. The types of information we collect include but not limited to are your name, email address, social media handles, postal address, phone number, cell phone number, location, and other contact or identifying the information you choose to provide.
SM’s website does not collect personally identifiable information from your computer when you browse SM’s website. This means that, unless you voluntarily provide us with personally identifiable information, we will not know your name, your email address, or any other personally identifiable information.
In addition, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) may require us to collect certain personal information from donors. For example, the FEC requires us to collect (and disclose) the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer of all individuals whose donations exceed $200 per election cycle.
Information We Collect Automatically When You Use SM’s Website
When you access or use SM’s website, we automatically collect information about you, including:
- Log Information: We log information about your use of SM’s website, including the type of browser you use, access times, pages viewed, your Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you browse the Internet) and the page you visited before navigating to SM’s website.
- Device Information: We may collect information about the computer or mobile device you use to access SM’s website, including the hardware model, operating system and version, device identifiers and mobile network information.
- We may also collect information using web beacons (also known as “tracking pixels”, “pixel tags”, “beacon tags”, and “clear GIFs”). Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in SM’s website or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness and determine whether an email has been opened and acted upon. For more information about cookies, and how to disable them, please see “Opting Out; Disabling Cookies” below.
Use of Information
We may use information about you for various purposes, including to:
- Provide, maintain and improve SM’s website and send you confirmations, receipts, technical notices, updates, security alerts and support and administrative messages;
- Provide and deliver the information you request, process donations and send you related information, including confirmations and invoices;
- Respond to your emails, submissions, comments, questions and requests, request feedback, and otherwise contact you about your use of SM’s website;
- Send you newsletters and otherwise provide you with information or services you request or that we think will be of interest to you, such as sending you information to keep you informed about various campaigns, candidates, issues, events, or resources;
- Help connect you with other supporters, and to solicit volunteers, donations and support for SM and for candidates, issues, and organizations that we support;
- Contact you if other information is necessary under Federal election laws;
- Remind you to vote and register to vote and assist you in finding your registration information, polling location and campaign events near you;
- Monitor and analyze trends, usage, and activities in connection with SM’s website;
- Personalize and improve SM’s website and provide content or features that match interests or that are based on the information you provide or the actions you take; and
- Carry out any other purpose for which the information was collected.
Sharing of Information
- With vendors, consultants and other service providers or volunteers who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf;
- With candidates, organizations, campaigns, groups or causes that we believe have similar political viewpoints, principles or objectives or share similar goals and with organizations that facilitate communications and information sharing among such groups;
- With other participants in a joint fundraising committee;
- To report required information to the Federal Elections Commission for individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle;
- When we believe in good faith that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or legal processes or respond to lawful requests, claims or legal authorities, including responding to lawful subpoenas, warrants, or court orders;
- If we believe your actions are inconsistent with the spirit or language of our user agreements or policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of SM, its employees, volunteers, constituents or others;
- In connection with, or during negotiations of, any reorganization, formation of a new committee or successor organization, asset sale or transfer, financing or lending transaction or in any other situation where personal information may be disclosed or transferred as one of the assets of SM; and
- With your consent or at your direction, including if we notify you through SM’s website that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information.
We may also share aggregated or anonymized information that does not directly identify you.
Social Sharing Features
SM’s website may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on SM’s website with other media, and vice versa. The use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.
Advertising and Analytics Services Provided by Third Parties
SM takes reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
Opting Out; Disabling Cookies
Cookies – Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies.
Promotional Communications – Every time you receive e-mail you will be provided the choice to opt out of future e-mails by following the instructions provided in the e-mail.