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Monday, January 19, 2009

Follow the money

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 7:12 AM

You'd expect a political controversy centered in California to include  high-tech trappings.

See Proposition 8, the California initiative to ban gay marriage. Opponents of the ban have mashed up a list of donors to the cause with Google maps so that you may see where the money came from, down to location of street addresses. Contributors in Arkansas were far fewer than in California, of course, but you still may find them by going to such maps as these. Here's an easier-to-peruse list of Arkansas contributors on both sides of the issue.

Supporters of Prop. 8 aren't too happy about being outed. They've sued to invalidate a California law that requires addresses for people who give $100 or more to political campaigns. Transparency discourages participation, they argue. It can. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Secrecy encourages all manner of special interest skulduggery. Said a San Francisco website:

Simply put, they want to break up marriages, but they don't have the courage to stand up and be known for their convictions. What a bunch of cowards.

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