Prop 8 Backers Sue to Make Donors' Info Private

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 8, 2009

If you’ve ever made a political donation above a hundred dollars before, you know the drill.  You can’t just write a check and walk away; you also have to tell the campaign who you are, where you live and what you do for a living.  The campaign then has to pass that info along to the Secretary of State’s office, and then, it’s posted online.
Prop 8 backers say that public disclosure has led to its donors getting harassed – from the vandalizing of churches to death threats.  So they’re asking a federal court to stop the state from releasing their donors’ personal details.
The Secretary of State’s office says it doesn’t comment on pending litigation; a leading group that opposed Prop 8 did not return a late request for comment.
California voters passed the gay marriage ban last November.