Campaign donor secrecy bid rebuffed
October 21, 2011
An attempt to keep secret the identities of California political campaign donors was throttled Thursday by a federal judge. [SacramentoBee]
Proponents of Prop 8, a voter-approved initiative to ban same-sex marriages, argued that they were harassed by political opponents, but U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. denied what amounted to a challenge to the state’s campaign disclosure law.
The ruling is widely expected to be appealed. Attorneys for the state contended that making public the identities of campaign donors is necessary to an informed electorate. Nearly three years ago, England denied the first attempt by ProtectMarriage.com to cloak identities of donors who made contributions in the final days of the campaign.
California law requires the disclosure of the identity of anyone who contributes $100 or more to a campaign.