California AG Ed Brown filed a brief in the lawsuit to keep Prop 8 donors' names secret, saying that shielding the names would hurt transparency and the democratic process.
"Political democracy demands open debate, including prompt disclosure of the identities of campaign donors," Brown said. "Backers of Proposition 8 should not be allowed to carve out a special privilege of anonymity for themselves alone."
The brief, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, contends that Proposition 8 supporters do not meet the criteria for the limited exemption to valid campaign disclosure laws - an exemption developed by the Supreme Court to protect the ability of historically persecuted minority parties to engage in political speech.
The fundies who filed this suit (say they) are worried about outside forces having undue influence on ballot measures because people might be too afraid to donate. But if we keep this information hidden, there will be all sorts of behind the scenes quid pro quo going on when it comes to ballot measures (well, a lot more, and it'll be completely invisible to the public).