Prop 8 Supporters Want to Hide Behind Secrecy

by Paul Hogarth on January 12, 2009

The media widely reported last week’s lawsuit by the “Yes on 8” campaign to overturn California law that requires all campaigns to disclose their donors’ basic information, such as names and addresses. Prop 8 supporters who donated, said chairman Ron Prentice, have since the Election been subject to boycotts and a “harassment” campaign by scores of angry protesters. The disclosure requirements, they say, can have a chilling effect on a campaign donor’s First Amendment rights. In other words, they want politics to be safe for bigots to disperse their message of hate – without accountability. But there’s actually a bigger problem with this lawsuit – which I’m surprised hasn’t had much notice yet. Before the election, Prop 8 supporters themselves signed a threatening letter to businesses that had contributed to “No on 8,” urging a boycott if they didn’t return the money – or donate to their cause as well. As blogger Robert Cruickshank commented on Calitics, “one wonders if they’re going to use themselves as an example of why the [disclosure] laws should be tossed.”

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