Tuesday, November 03, 2009

About "Disclosure" of Lists


The Supreme Court has held that disclosure requirements serve three government interests: They provide information about the flow of political money, they deter corruption and avoid the appearance thereof by revealing large contributions, and they facilitate enforcement of contribution limits. These pertain only to financial information in candidate elections. These cannot justify compelled disclosures regarding referendums because referendums raise no issues of officials' future performance in office -- being corruptly responsive to financial contributors. The only relevant information about referendums is in the text of the propositions.

--G. Will, quoted by Dreher.

The column has to do with the California and WashState disclosure requests surrounding gay "marriage" referenda.

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