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Rebuttal to Steve Simpson's Response to A Cold Breeze in California: ProtectMarriage Reveals the Chilling Effect of Campaign Finance Disclosure on Ballot Measure Issue Advocacy

By Stephen R. Klein
November 16, 2009
I have had the opportunity to consider First Amendment associational privacy and anonymity in greater detail since writing the article appearing above in this edition of Engage. Steve Simpson’s observation that my argument takes for granted a governmental interest in ballot measure disclosure where there is plainly none is aptly put. Despite my best intentions, I treated the First Amendment in light of judicial precedent, and, using such a backwards paradigm, called for a visit to the proverbial free speech woodshed...