The Arizona Republic: ‘Dark money’ supporters say secrecy prevents retribution (In the News)

By Rebekah L. Sanders
When a political donation becomes controversial, a CEO like Eich can make ends meet while searching for another job, Altman said. But other people don’t have that luxury. When a low-level employee of a Catholic hospital is found to support a pro-abortion group, the consequences are worse, he said.
Today’s online records make donations far more accessible, said Allen Dickerson, legal director for the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia non-profit that advocates for political speech.
“In a world where this information is put online in very small dollar amounts, and it stays there permanently in a searchable format … a lot of people might not be comfortable with that level of inquiry,” Dickerson said. “Any employer, any romantic interest, any friend, any business contact with Google can figure out who I supported.”

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.