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Thursday, December 05, 2002
10:06 AM

Republicans you can love... actually, I love a lot of Republicans, but people often don't notice that some of them take on valuable causes usually associated with Democrats. Today's entry is Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in this Kathleen Day file:

The new head of the Senate Banking Committee plans to reopen the question of how best to protect the privacy of financial information when key consumer credit legislation expires next year.

In a speech today to the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) plans to reiterate his long-held view that consumers deserve much more privacy protection than they were given a few years ago in a law that deregulated the financial services industry, the senator's spokeswoman, Andrea Andrews, confirmed yesterday....

Unfortunately, the following is also true:

Shelby's views on privacy have put him at odds with the business community and with many fellow Republicans who favor allowing insurers, bankers and securities brokers to share financial information, such as consumer spending patterns, among themselves and with other retail industries.

My other candidate is Rep. Bob Barr, who we last observed attacking the Total Information Awareness DARPA project led by John Pointdexter. I saw an item in the Washington Times several weeks ago saying he had signed on as a consultant with the American Civil Liberties Union, where he could help fight government intrustions on personal liberty, but I can't find that at the moment. The Washington Times does have a brief Dec. 2 saying he has joined the Southeastern Legal Foundation, the kind of conservative outfit where more people would expect to find him.

UPDATE: Here ya go. From the ACLU on Nov. 27:

WASHINGTON - In a surprise announcement that comes on the heels of news that the outgoing Majority Leader, Richard Armey (R-TX), is considering consulting for the American Civil Liberties Union, the group said today that it also plans to hire conservative firebrand Bob Barr (R-GA) to work on informational and data privacy issues...

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