FREE SPEECH -- A post on the Lincoln News Messenger blog attacks the argument that disclosing financial contributions to state ballot measures like Proposition 8 improperly invades the donors' privacy and speech rights.

The argument is as pernicious as it is disingenuous.
    It holds that mandatory campaign finance disclosure laws limit freedom of speech and of political action and that anonymous donations have traditionally protected groups, like the NAACP (they from government harassment, not from public accountability, which the columnists neatly ignore), and that public pressure to disclose donors who choose to not remain anonymous will accomplish what regulations already provide (yeah, right).
    This is not just another wingnut attempt to protect wealthy corporate milch-cows. It's a full-tilt attempt to undermine California's campaign finance disclosure laws.