Hypocrites Demanding Special Rights

In Response to a column in the Flash Report (expanded version soon at Orange Juice Blog)

It is hypocritical that the proponents of Proposition 8 have sued to restrict the rights of individuals to find out who donates to fund their effort. The proponents do not have clean hands on the charge of harassment of donors as they claim that the No on 8 supporters have harassed them.

In October the Executive Committee of Yes on 8 harassed donors of No on 8 on official letterhead right before the election using the same public disclosure records they want to seal. However, the Yes on 8 campaign trying to tell the California public, “Do as I say, not as I did”?

The chairman of Yes on 8, Ron Prentice wants to make it where campaign disclosure laws in our state would be tossed out, but accountability brings forth a healthy democratic process. We should know who was responsible for funding initiatives and political candidates. Mr.Prentice wants to make it where corporations could hide donations to their cause without political backlash helping to provide a financial advantage when the Proposition 8 repeal campaign happens. People on both sides of the issue should have the right to take their business elsewhere if they do not want to support either cause.

Yes on 8 do not want the sunlight of public disclosure to show that they have many things they want hidden, such as the fact that the campaign was formed through a mutual benefit corporation that was suspended for failing to pay their taxes.

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