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Privacy Policy

Effective Date: December 5, 2023

Campaign Name: Friends of Jim Wertz

Campaign E-mail: info@jimwertz.org

This Privacy Policy explains how the above-named campaign (the “Campaign,” “we,” or “us”) collects, uses, and discloses information about you when you access or use our websites and mobile sites that link to this Privacy Policy (collectively, the “Site”).

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the date at the top of the policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our website homepage or sending you a notification). We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access the Site or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the choices available to you.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at the campaign support e-mail address listed at the beginning of this Privacy Policy (“Campaign Support”).

Collection of Information

Information you provide to us

We collect information you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information when you sign up to receive updates, request information, fill out a form, sign a petition, sign up as a volunteer, sign up for an event, participate in a contest or promotion, make a donation or purchase, communicate with us via third party social media sites, request support, send us an email, or otherwise communicate with us. The types of information we may collect include your name, contact information (such as email address, postal address, and phone number), credit card and other payment information (although payment information may be collected directly by a third-party processor), and any other information you choose to provide.

In addition, the applicable election regulatory body may require us to collect certain personal information from donors.

Automatically Collected Information

When you access or use our Site, we automatically collect information about you, including:

Log and Usage Information
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Device Information
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Transactional Information
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Location Information
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Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
We (and our service providers) use different technologies to collect information, including cookies and web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us improve our Site and your experience, see which areas and features of our Site are popular, and count visits. Web beacons (also known as “pixel tags” or “clear GIFs”) are electronic images that may be used in our Site or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, and understand usage and campaign effectiveness. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, see Your Choices below. For more information about the use of cookies and similar technology on our online services please review this Privacy Policy and the Advertising and Analytics and Cookies sections below.

Information we collect from other sources

We and our service providers may also obtain information about you from other sources and combine that with information we collect about you on our Site. For example, we may collect voter file data from state parties and other affiliated organizations, from public databases, and from private organizations.

Campaign Purposes and Uses of Information

We may use the information we collect to:

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  • To solicit volunteers, donations and support for the Campaign and for other candidates, campaigns, issues and organizations that we support and to connect you with other volunteers;
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  • Detect, investigate and prevent fraudulent transactions and other illegal activities and protect the rights and property of the Campaign and others; and
  • Carry out any other purpose described to you at the time the information was collected.

Sharing of Information

We may share information about you as follows or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy:

  • With vendors, service providers, volunteers, and consultants who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf;
  • With candidates, campaigns, political or nonprofit organizations, 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 or otherwise assist such groups;
  • With other participants in a joint fundraising committee;
  • To report required information to the applicable elections regulatory body;
  • In response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, any applicable law or legal process, including lawful requests by public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements;
  • 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 the Campaign, its employees, volunteers, constituents, or others;
  • In connection with, or during negotiations of, any reorganization, formation of 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 the Campaign;
  • With your consent or at your direction.

We may also share aggregated or de-identified information that cannot reasonably be used by third parties to identify you.

Data Retention

We store the information we collect on you for as long as is necessary for the purpose(s) for which we originally collected it, or for other legitimate campaign purposes, including to meet our legal, regulatory or other compliance obligations.

Links to Other Websites

The Site may contain links to other websites. For example, we may link to third-party sites to facilitate donations or purchases. Any personal information you provide on such linked pages is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s privacy policy, and not this privacy policy. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with personal information.

Social Sharing Features

The Site may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on our Site with other media, and vice versa. Your use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on your privacy settings for the relevant social media site. 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 Others

We may allow others to provide analytics services and serve advertisements on our behalf across the web and in mobile applications. These entities may use cookies, web beacons, device identifiers and other technologies to collect information about your use of the Site and other websites and applications, including your IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages or in apps, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by the Campaign and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests on our Site and other websites, and better understand your online activity.

For example, we may use Google Analytics and Remarketing with Google Analytics or other remarketing tools to advertise online. Using these tools enables third-party vendors, including Google, to show our ads on sites across the Internet. Such third-party vendors may use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past visits to our Site.

For more information about interest-based ads, or to opt out of having your web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices. You can also change your browser settings to block cookies, although doing so may disable some features of our Site.

Transfer of Information to the U.S.

The Campaign is based in the United States and is directed to United States residents. We process and store information in the United States. While we do not direct our services to residents of other countries, it is possible that those residents may access and use the Site. If you are located outside the United States, we and our service providers may transfer your information to, or store or access to your information in, jurisdictions that may not provide equivalent levels of data protection as your home jurisdiction. By providing personal information, you consent to the transfer of your personal information to the United States and the use of your personal information, in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If we collect personal information from European Union residents, we strive to do so in a manner in compliance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 (the “GDPR”), which includes acknowledgment of European Union residents’ rights, including the following:

  • to withdraw your consent to the processing of personal information about you to which you have previously given consent;
  • to object to processing of personal information about you for the purpose of direct marketing; and
  • to have incorrect personal information about you corrected.

European Union residents also have the right to obtain a copy of the personal information we have about you, although we reserve the right to charge a fee for this.  

Your Choices

Promotional Communication

You may opt out of receiving promotional emails or text messages from the Campaign by following the instructions in those emails or text messages. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as those about your use of the Site.

Updating Information

You may opt out of receiving promotional emails or text messages from the Campaign by following the instructions in those emails or text messages. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as those about your use of the Site.

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. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our Site. You may also opt out of third-party advertising networks by going to http://optout.networkadvertising.org. We are not responsible for the effectiveness of any such opt-out options. California residents may be entitled to know the effects of opt-out options under California Business & Professions Code Section 22575(b)(7). The effect of an opt-out, if successful, will be to stop targeted advertising, but it will still allow the collection of usage data for certain purposes (e.g., research, analytics and internal site operation purposes).

The Site uses cookies and tracking technologies. We use these cookies for a variety of purposes, including to remember your log-in status and viewing preferences from your previous use of our online services for when you later return to that online service. Our Site and online services use the following categories of cookies:

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Mobile Push Notifications / Alerts

With your consent, we may send promotional and non-promotional push notifications or alerts to your mobile device. You can deactivate these messages at any time by changing the notification settings on your mobile device.

Your California Privacy Rights

California law permits residents of California to request certain details about how their information is shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please contact us at Campaign Support.

How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals for California Residents

California Business & Professions Code Section 22575(b) (as amended effective January 1, 2014) provides that California residents are entitled to know how the Campaign responds to “Do Not Track” browser settings. The Campaign does not currently take actions to respond to Do Not Track signals because a uniform technological standard has not yet been developed. We continue to review new technologies and may adopt a standard once one is created.

Categories of Personal Information Sold and Disclosed for a Business Purpose

Pursuant to the California Shine the Light Law (Cal. Civil Code Section 1798.83), California residents have the right to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, certain information with respect to the types of personal information the business shares with third parties for direct marketing purposes by such third party and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information during the immediately preceding calendar year.

Although, as a non-profit with fewer than 20 employees, the Campaign is not subject to the California Shine the Light Law, any future disclosures to services providers will strive to be consistent, however, with the spirit of the Shine the Light Law. In the future, we may share your personal information with service providers as necessary to perform a campaign business purpose, including fundraising, publicity, sponsorships, e-commerce or other campaign related activities, and in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Further, as a non-profit, we are not a “business” subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) that goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Any disclosures to services providers will strive to be consistent, however, with the spirit of the CCPA (Cal. Civ. Code Section 1798.135 as of its effective date on January 1, 2020).

Children

The Sites are not directed at children and we do not knowingly collect personal information directly from children (including information concerning a child or that child’s parents or guardians, any screen or user name that functions as online contact information for a child, any photograph, video, or audio file containing a child’s image or voice) directly from users under the age of thirteen (13) or from other web sites or services directed at children. Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“COPPA”), we will not knowingly request or collect personal information from any child under the age of thirteen (13) in the United States without obtaining the required consent from the appropriate parent or guardian. Children may access and browse the Site without disclosing any personal information. We will apply material changes to this Privacy Policy to conform with applicable law, including any applicable provisions of COPPA that require parental consent. Please visit www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html for information from the Federal Trade Commission about protecting children’s privacy online. If you have any reservations, questions or concerns about your child’s access to the Site or how information that your child provides is used by us, please contact us.

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As a long-time union member himself, Jim Wertz stood proudly with the union members of Iron Workers Local 851 on the picket line when we were striking for fair labor practices. We are confident that Jim Wertz will be a strong advocate for the needs of working families.

Mike Baumann
President, Iron Workers Local 851

Jim Wertz is the only candidate in this race who will actually stand up for expanding access to abortion health care and your reproductive freedom.

Adam Hosey
Political Director of PPPA PAC

Jim is clear in his dedication as an educator, his work in the field over the past several years as party chair bringing folks together, increasing the number of folks participating. We are three seats short of a majority, and we have a tremendous opportunity in Erie.

Sen. Jay Costa
Minority Leader, PA State Senate

The men and women of NABET-CWA Local 58028 proudly endorse Jim Wertz for Pennsylvania State Senate – His unwavering commitment to working people and collective bargaining rights is outstanding and is badly needed in the state senate. We will do what it takes to see that his campaign is successful.

Mike Prince
President, NABET-CWA Local 58028

Erie County needs an aggressive State Senator, someone who’ll fight for Millcreek and all of Erie County, not blindly follow political party directives. We can count on Jim Wertz to do what’s right and protect our rights. From voting rights to reproductive rights to workers rights, we need Jim Wertz.

Brian McGrath
Fmr. Millcreek Township Supervisor

I fully support Jim’s candidacy because as an educator at a public institution, he understands the challenges parents and children face looking for greater opportunities through education. He is a strong supporter of unions and voter participation and will fight for working Americans and the future of our children.

Amanda M. Frantz-Mamani
Edinboro Borough Councilmember

I support Jim Wertz to flip this senate seat because he has deep roots in our community and throughout Erie County. Jim is the people’s candidate who has been doing the work on the ground helping others get elected to office for years. He helped me and so many others get elected it’s only right we support him in his efforts to be our next Senator. Jim has my support 100% and I hope my community support will support him as well.

Jasmine Flores
Member of Erie City Council

I am standing behind Jim Wertz as he has shown time and time again that he believes in people over profit, that Unions strengthen communities, that every child deserves access to quality public education, and that our democracy is not for sale. Jim will fight for all of us in Harrisburg.

Tyler Titus
Member of Erie City Council

My relationship with Jim primarily revolves around having daughters the same age, something our conversations reflect. In our years of friendship, we have had many conversations about values and the future we want to leave our children. That is why I confidently endorse Jim Wertz for State Senate.

Chuck Nelson
Member of Erie City Council

I wholeheartedly endorse Jim Wertz for Pennsylvania State Senate. I have known Jim for 25+ years and with his dedicated leadership in the Democratic Party in Erie, he has proven his commitment to advancing democratic values. His experience and accomplishments make him the right choice to defend and strengthen our democracy.

Chris Drexel
Member of County Council

Jim’s enduring leadership and commitment to a brighter future have inspired so many people like me to step forward and lead. I’m looking forward to the entire commonwealth getting to experience the impact of Jim’s leadership, which has meant so much to me.

Rock Copeland
Member of County Council

I happily endorse Jim Wertz for State Senate. His unwavering toughness, tireless work ethic, and authentic personality shine through in his dedication to our community’s needs. He’s the ideal choice to represent us at the state level.

Terry Scutella
Member of County Council

As a Marine and as Sheriff, I’ve always valued leaders with a strong sense of duty. Jim has led with a sense of duty, and I am confident that his commitment to our community will make him an effective leader in the State Senate. That’s why I ask for your vote for Jim Wertz this year.

Chris Campanelli
Erie County Sheriff

Elections, leadership, words, and laws matter. I ask for your vote for Jim Wertz. He will fight for quality education and protection of women and voter rights. Your vote counts and will be counted.

Joyce Savocchio
Fmr. Mayor of the City of Erie

Jim and I come from similar backgrounds: parents who juggled to raise families while putting food on the table, being the first in our family to go to college, and a passion for public service that started at a young age. In the time I’ve known Jim, I’ve been impressed by his work ethic and dedication to doing what’s right even if it’s not the most popular. As President of the State Senate, I know how important it is that we have state senators who are dedicated to delivering for all Pennsylvanians, and I know Jim Wertz will be a leader who delivers in the State Senate.

Austin Davis
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor