the "unofficial" source for information about Senator Dianne Feinstein
US Senator from California (Democrat - elected 1992; Term ends 2000) Birth Date: June 22, 1933 Husband: Richard Blum, 1 child, 3 stepchildren. Religion: Jewish AB, Stanford University, 1955. Mayor of San Francisco, 1978-88

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"The senator's comments yesterday about "mandatory key escrow" for domestic encryption products sickened me. With leaders like this, who needs a democracy?" --entry in the "Unofficial" Dianne Feinstein Guestbook.

Why this page?

The first impetus for this page was Dianne Feinstein's support for the Communications and Decency Act. It has evolved into an experiment in how the Net might be used to provide more accurate information on an elected representative. I recall during the election hearing stories about how Ms. Feinstein had refinanced her house to get money for her campaign. This seems strange given her estimated net worth (with her husband) of 50 million dollars. One of the other ironies about Senator Feinstein is her husband, Richard Blum's longstanding friendship with the Dalai Lama and her hostility toward immigrants and support for a more "totalitarian" police presence. And this in a state which relies so heavily on immigrants - especially in the high-tech Silicon Valley. It is my view that it is time for a new vision.

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About a dozen senators have signed on to support the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act, but its primary leaders are Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and longtime Internet regulatory enthusiast, and Orrin Hatch, the arch-conservative Utah Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary committee. If the measure becomes law, it will create a new federal felony -- punishable by a fine and three years in prison -- that covers Web pages that link to sites with information about where to buy "drug paraphernalia" such as roach clips, bowls, and bongs. Reefer Madness Hits Congress by Debbi Gardiner and Declan McCullagh [Wired] What do others think of this?
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(Fairfax, Virginia, March 29, 1999) ó ARA President Mark Buessing, on behalf of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), applauds Senator Dianne Feinsteinís (D-CA), leadership in introducing the Salvaged and Damaged Motor Vehicle Information Disclosure Act (S. 678). Auto Recyclers Praise Dianne Feinstein
Opinion ...

The media spinners are out trying to talk up Dianne Feinstein as a serious Vice Presidential candidate. Here is why this is a bad idea:

  • Dianne Feinstein is an person who sees solutions to social problems by proposing authoritarian solutions. (i.e. big supporter of national ID cards)
  • Dianne Feinstein is anti freedom and civil liberties. (See: 35% ACLU Rating)
  • Dianne Feinstein is anti-Internet being a big supporter of the CDA and further censorship of the net.
  • Dianne Feinstein has little understanding of technology seeing it as little more than a way to increase the power of an authoritarian state.
  • Dianne Feinstein represents only the interests of the rich (her net worth is $50 million)
  • Dianne Feinstein's environmental record is pathetic.
  • Dianne Feinstein is a big buster of the failed "War on Drugs" and refuses to support the will of the people re proposition 215.
If the party feels that they need a women on the ticket for political reasons - then find one who has more respect for the principles of freedom and more empathy for average person. Dianne Feinstein simply does not cut it. She is from an older generation of politicians that either needs to get a new tune or get out of politics. Feel free to Add your comments.
Personally, I am not wild about Sen. Feinstein. I think that she believes that government exists to control people and not to serve them. I think that this is a fundamentally flawed view of the purpose of government. An example of this is Sen Feinstein's opposition to Proposition 215 on the California ballot (medical marijuana). She condones the hassling of doctors in the state by the Feds for prescribing marijuana for their patients. Proposition 215 got 56 percent of the votes in California yet Sen Feinstein cannot be bothered to tell the Feds to leave California doctors alone. Then there are the issues of the "war on drugs", encryption, gun control, and national ID. We already have too much fascism in this country - we do not need more. What do others think about the senator? Reply to: Dianne Feinstein ... A piece of Work? - add your comments

Please feel free to join the DiFi email list, add comments to this page or add to the "Unofficial" Di Fi WATCH Guestbook. Have you had an experience with the senator? Let others know about it. What was she like as mayor of San Francisco? This is place to leave a message regarding Dianne Feinstein. This is not the place to contact her directly - better to write or send email through her "official" Website. But do feel free to post your experiences here.

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(From: George, October 14, 1998) I found on the CNN site that Dianne Fienstein had to return $12,000 of illegal campaign contributions from the Lippo group. I found on another website that she had taken substantial money from oil companies for her campaign. Would you know where I could go or who I could contact to find out if she was involved with the blocking of a senate resolution concerning Burma's human rights. I seem to recall something in the newspaper many months ago. Reply to: Dianne Fienstein and Burma's oil pipeline

Environmental Thousands protest DiFi- Hurwitz deal
Civil Liberties 35% ACLU Rating, supports national identification card (S. 580, introduced March 21, 1995, by Senator Dianne Feinstein)
Human Rights in the United States
Immigration Mayor tells Feinstein: Ease up on immigrants -SF Exam
Bills sponsored by Sen Feinstein in the 104th & 105th Congress @Thomas
Campaign contributions Connection to John Huang? Warned by FBI
$50 million net worth with husband
How to Contact: 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-0504 202-224-3841 E-MAIL: - How to Contact

Recommended Reading List for DiFi

  1. A Defense of the Freedom to be Left Alone from the Boston Anarchist Drinking Brigade
  2. A battle is being waged in the United States Congress over your right to privacy in the Information Age. Take action NOW to stop the FBI from building Big Brother into the Internet. --Encryption Policy Resource Page
  3. The Senate Commerce Committee approved two Internet censorship bills on March 12. One would require schools and libraries to use filtering software; the other would criminalize material that is "harmful to minors" on the Internet. --Internet Free Expression Alliance

Congress Stays in Touch on the Web, By ERIC SCHMITT, NY Times, November 24, 1997. "A lot of senators really don't understand the Internet or use computers," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, who has one of the most extensive Web sites in the cybercongress. DF shold take a look at Sen. Patrick Leahy's website - it provides a good model - both for design and content.

DIANNE "TRICK DEAL" FEINSTEIN - Nov 14 Protest at San Francisco Federal Building over Humboldt County Sheriff's Department and the Eureka Police Department use of pepper spray on the eyes of demonstrators in Humbolt county.

"Last year Feinstein and Hurwitz realized they needed to throw a bone to the public to make us believe that Headwaters was going to be saved, which was clearly not the case," Earthfirst! activist Daryl Cherney said at a Sept. 14 press conference. "This year we're saying the deal stinks." --Thousands protest DiFi- Hurwitz deal ..." Sen. Feinstein's press office refused to comment on continuing public opposition to the Maxxam deal."

Dianne Feinstein supports ban on laptops in the Senate. "There are places where laptops are appropriate and where they are not," said Jim Hock, Feinstein's spokesman. [Washington, Medil News Service, 11/6/1997] (No wonder many senators are clueless about computers and the Internet -Ed)

A full page ad in the September 24, 1997 New Your Times, (pg B10) AMERICA BETRAYED, #6 in a 10 part series asks, WHY DO SENATORS FEINSTEIN AND BOXER, AND VICE-PRESIDENT GORE SUPPORT THE THEFT AND DESTRUCTION OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS? The Quincy Library Group Bill (S1028), authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Senator Boxer, mandates quarter-mile-wide clearcuts under the guise of "forest health management". ... The QLG bill is not about forest health or fire suppression, it is about the financial gain of the timber industry and the political gain of Al Gore, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein" -- Voice of the Environment, David Brower, et al

Percentage of the time Senator Feinstein voted with the ACLU: 35% --ACLU Rating for Senator Feinstein - Barbara Boxer's rating is a little better.

"Citing unidentified U.S. officials, the newspaper said the six lawmakers, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), were alerted in individual classified briefings based on what the officials called "specific and credible" intelligence information." --FBI Warned Lawmakers About China Contributions (AllPolitics, March 9)

Senator Feinstein makes a big deal of her support for a bill to "prohibit the distribution of information on how to make a bomb if ..." - yet the FBI reports that "Criminal bombing incidents in the United States decreased 18.5% to 2,577 in 1995 from 3,163 in 1994." (Source: Bombing Statistics). Looks like a case of another politician pandering to a fearful public to me.

Yes Vote on the "flag protection" amendment.

And yet DiFi seems to worry about her own "privacy" ...

"Senator Dianne Feinstein was aghast to find that her home address was just a few mouse clicks away on the Internet. A couple more clicks brought up a map to her house and a set of directions. ... " --Feinstein Acts to Protect Privacy in Cyberspace, June 6, 1997, San Francisco Chronicle, by Marc Sandalow, Chronicle Washington Bureau [Note that her home address was first published in Newsweek, March 24, 1997 pg 36]

Newsweek, March 24, 1997 pg 36, Guess who came to Dinner. EVENT: Dinner hosting President Bill Clinton. Sunday, June 9, 1996 VENUE: The Home of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Dick Blum, 30 Presidio Terrace San Francisco, CA, Attendance 40 Guests, PRESS: Closed, EVENT DESCRIPTION: This is a fundraising dinner for Democratic National Committee ... Xiaoming Dai, John and Josephine DeLuca, John Huang, Kent and Joyce Kresa, Barbara and Stuart Boxer, Christopher Dodd, Micky Kantor, Marcia Scott, Don Fowler, Leon Panetta, Marvin Rosen, Richard Sullivan

Legislation pending in Congress would create a national identification card for every American,1 but this worries many who feel that a national identification card would be a dangerous intrusion by government. (S. 580, introduced March 21, 1995, by Senator Dianne Feinstein (DCA). See "Feinstein: State-of-the-Art ID System Is Necessary to Help Identify Illegal Aliens," Roll Call, May 22, 1995, p. 8. In the House of Representatives, H.R. 2202 was adopted and sent to the Senate on March 21, 1996.) --Issues '96: The Candidate's Briefing Book by The Heritage Foundation [It is ironic that DF values her own privacy, yet wants all citizens to register with the government-ed]


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) - $50 million
Has diversified holdings with husband and real estate mogul Richard Blum -- with most being in his name. But she is beneficiary of several trust funds valued at between $500,000 and $1 million, has interest in Carlton Hotel Properties, a pension from the City of San Francisco, and a jointly-owned personal residence in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. Other holdings include paintings, rental properties, stock (Northwest Airlines, National Education Corporation, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Hasbro); 1995 disclosures show net worth of at least $13.7 million, compared with $8 million revealed in 1994 forms.--The Roll Call Fifty - Annual Compilation of the Richest Members of Congress

1991-96 total receipts: $24,429,201 --Open Secrets Profile - for more see: The Center For Responsive Politics

The three most important things in politics: Money, Money, Money. --DID YOU KNOW - Aug 96


Telling Sen. Dianne Feinstein to "be brave," Mayor Brown has fired off a stern letter to the San Francisco Democrat, urging her to think twice about supporting a federal bill to crack down on illegal immigrants. "I understand you have described yourself as an "architect' of the immigration legislation currently pending in Congress," he wrote Wednesday. "If this legislation becomes law, the economic and social costs to California's cities and counties would be staggering, the human costs incalculable. "It does not appear you are building a structure that best serves all the people of California." --July 4, 1996 - San Francisco Examiner story, Mayor tells Feinstein: Ease up on immigrants - by Rachel Gordon

Freedom of Speech

Feinstein waged a verbal defense of her assault on the First Amendment while introducing her amendment. "Now, I have heard people say, oh, but the Encyclopedia Britannica has eight pages on explosives.... Well, I have read the eight pages and it does not say how to make a toilet paper roll booby trap. What legitimate purpose is there for a toilet paper roll booby trap other than to kill somebody? You do not blast out the stump of a tree. You do not need it for mining." Those last two references were a glancing blow at the arguments that even the U.S. government distributes bomb making material. Such "mayhem manuals" are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forestry Service that publishes, at tax payer expense, something called the "Blaster's Handbook." Feinstein, apparently, couldn't care less about this material. What?! Why shouldn't she? After all, this handbook contains a recipe for an Ammonium Nitrate/fuel oil bomb, like that could be used to... oh, say, BLOW UP a federal building in Oklahoma City. --Capitol Hill -- This is the beginning of the end - by Brock N. Meeks

Feinstein's amendment [to prohibit "bomb making information" on the net] could spell the end of chemistry as a profession. In college chemistry classes, we learnt that all nitrates are potentially explosive, including ammonium nitrate and potassium nitrate which are actually used as such. --Chemical Censorship

In a move that is a boon for freedom of speech rights for Internet users, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has condemned the Exon/Coats "Communications Decency Act" as a "clear violation of free speech and ... a violation of the right of adults to communicate with each other." --June 21, 1995

In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, Voltaire's critically hailed satire, claiming obscenity. Two Harvard professors defended the work, and it was later admitted in a different edition. In 1944, the US Post Office demanded the omission of Candide from a mailed Concord Books catalog. --Books Suppressed or Censored by Legal Authorities


"First, we must elevate the importance of the relationship with China." China: Where Do We Go from Here? - by Senator Dianne Feinstein excerpt from remarks to World Affairs Council, Los Angeles [DF has a point on this issue. China is an important country with a long history - the last thing they need is for the United States to treat them in an arrogant and condescending way. She does not seem to be a part of the Anti-China Lobby]

the times ...

On Monday, June 17, the United States judicial system sentenced hunger activist Robert Kahn to 60 days in a San Francisco jail for handing out food to the poor... Perhaps one of the reasons the city of San Francisco finds Robert Kahn and activists like him so threatening as to merit incarceration is that he exposes the gap between the rhetoric of freedom and the reality of suffering in our political and economic system. --Food Not Jail

"Why is it that to spend five years in jail you must possess $29,000 worth of marijuana, $8,000 worth of cocaine and $29 worth of crack?" --Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.'s remarks before One Million Men on Monday, October 16, 1995 (Committee to End the Marion Lockdown

I am a middle-class American who's fed-up with welfare costs, S&L bailouts, job quotas, corruption in high places, and attacks on the Bill of Rights. I'm tired of both major parties raising our taxes while they betray our trust. Nothing will change until we make the change. As your senator, I will see to it that Washington gets your message: stay out of our schools; stay out of our workplaces; stay out of our lifestyles; and above all, stay out of our pockets! --Richard Boddie for Senate

The Past

It's a shame that President Clinton and Dianne Feinstein -- one of the 'Somersault Seven' -- campaigned on their support for a balanced budget but then worked against it," U.S. Rep. Bill Baker (R-Danville) said. --RNC Truth Squad

I fought for and the Senate passed the strongest crime bill in history, making more than 50 federal crimes death penalty offenses and putting 100,000 more police officers on our streets. I sponsored zero-tolerance legislation to rid our schools of guns. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I fought for $8.6 billion in earthquake aid and funds to hire 1,300 new border patrol agents... --1994 California Voter Information: Dianne Feinstein

The Future ...

Dianne Feinstein passed on the race for Governor of California. Still think that DiFi needs to build a new vision for the future - one which is based on creating a civil society and not one which is based on putting more and more people in prison. There are already too many people in prison in the United States. (California is even higher with over 600 per 100,000 population). Hillary Clinton's comment that "We will never build enough prisons to end our crime problem" might be worth listening to.

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