Donor Disclosure Rules

California judge rules that donors names must be made public in the Proposition 8 case. Here is a piece that I had in the WSJ in December on this topic.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request to keep secret the names of donors to California's anti-gay marriage initiative.
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. ruled Thursday that the state's campaign disclosure laws are intended to protect the public and are important during expensive initiative campaigns.

Supporters of Proposition 8 had sought a preliminary injunction to hide the identities of those who contributed to their campaign.

The initiative was approved by voters in November. It overturned a state Supreme Courtruling that allowed gay marriage.

Reports that identify those who donated within two weeks of the election or afterward are scheduled to be publicly released Monday.



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