This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
Campaign-finance rulings by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week are good news for proponents of disclosure, bad news for those concerned about the influence of big money in elections.
Both are, however, in line with recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The high court has been supportive of campaign disclosure – most recently in a Washington state case. Gay-rights opponents sought to keep secret the names of those who signed petitions for Referendum 71, a ballot measure that would have overturned domestic partnerships. But the high court said the state law requiring disclosure was constitutional.
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