Monday, February 9, 2009

Prop 8 Donor Web Site Shows Disclosure Law Is 2-Edged Sword

02/09/09 NY Times: At, "visitors can see markers indicating a contributor’s name, approximate location, amount donated and, if the donor listed it, employer. That is often enough information for interested parties to find the rest — like an e-mail or home address."

“These are very small donations given by individuals, and now they are subject to harassment that ultimately makes them less able to engage in democratic decision making,” said Chris Jay Hoofnagle, senior fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California.

A federal judge has rejected a challenge to the California election law that allows this form of disclosure.

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