In an interview with the Journal Sentinel editorial board, Johnson was asked whether he would require transparency for outside groups active in campaigns.
"I would like to see total transparency. The same thing" as with the candidates, he said. "But at the same time we are talking about free speech."
Johnson was asked, "If I give to 'Americans for Great Things,' and I give a million dollars to them, should that organization be required to disclose that?"
His response: "It's an interesting question. It may be more complex than I'm thinking about it right now. My tendency is yes, particularly if then they're going to be using it in a political way. I can also see where people go, 'Well, if I'm going to give to a group maybe I don't want it (public).' I haven't totally thought that one through in terms of all groups."Johnson may not know that the non-disclosure laws were adopted to protect people who donated to the NAACP in the South during the voting-rights campaigns. And he may not recall the vicious personal targeting of individuals who contributed to the 'no-gay-marriage' campaign in California just last year.
Yes, Ron, there are reasons that non-disclosure exists.