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OCA Encourages Responsible and Objective Reporting on Campaign Donations
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OCA Encourages Responsible and Objective Reporting on Campaign Donations

31 August 2007

Hope Chu | Communications Manager
202 223 5500 | 

Washington, DC – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, questioned the tone of recent news reports investigating the campaign contributions of APAs.

"Asian Pacific Americans have always been civically engaged, and the involvement of all Americans in the political process is critical. We hope that recent reports of individual malfeasance will not delegitimize the role of APAs in the democratic process, who have voted and held positions of political power responsibly for decades,” said Ginny Gong, National President, "We also hope that the APA community will not be discouraged from political participation due to irresponsible reporting and investigation.”

Asian Pacific Americans represent an increasingly active electorate, especially at the state and local levels, where the APA vote can swing an election. In addition, the non-profit civic engagement organization APIA Vote estimates that APAs lawfully donated more than $6 million to local, state, and federal candidates in 2004.

"While any attempt to unlawfully direct campaign contributions should be investigated and prosecuted, the ethnic heritage of those under scrutiny should not come into play. We are concerned that this type of scrutiny can lead to unfair generalizations about the APA community,” said Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director, "These cases of unlawful contributions are individual and isolated occurrences and should be treated as such. OCA will continue to monitor reporting on this issue to ensure fair reporting.”

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