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
On November 4, 2008, the election of President Obama coincided with the passage of Proposition 8, a ballot measure which banned gay marriage in California through amendment of the state’s constitution. In the days leading up to and following the passage of the proposition, public access to the names and pertinent information of individual donors supporting the bill led to some interesting results...