Mrs. McIntyre’s Checkbook: Privacy Costs of Political Contribution Disclosure

This article takes a critical look at the popular consensus that “sunshine is the best disinfectant,” when it comes to disclosure of political contributions.  The author examines disclosure laws that apply to individual contributions and the privacy issues inherent in increased mandated disclosure, especially as they apply to smaller amounts.  He concludes by suggesting policymakers look beyond disclosure as a way to increase fairness, openness, equality and robust debate.

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