Mandatory Disclosure for Ballot-Initiative Campaigns
By Dick M. Carpenter II
This article appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of The Independent Review

Although the mandatory disclosure of state ballot-initiative contributors is supposed to improve democracy by making voters better informed, poll data suggest that it has a negligible or even harmful effect on the democratic process. Although voters seem to like the idea of disclosure for others, their support weakens when it involves themselves, owing to privacy concerns and fears of negative repercussions, particularly in the workplace.

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