How did people find out that Mozilla’s CEO donated to support Prop 8? « Hot AirRumors are floating around Twitter that proof of Brendan Eich’s donation was illegally leaked by people in government sympathetic to the cause of gay marriage. Not so. I’d forgotten about it, but friends reminded me that the LA Times obtained a list of people who gave, for and against, to the fight over the Prop 8 referendum in 2008. They put the whole database online and made it searchable. Search it today and, sure enough, there’s Eich with a $1,000 donation in favor. Under California law, that disclosure is perfectly legal: The state is authorized to provide certain personal information about anyone who donates more than $100 to a ballot measure. Why the state is allowed to do that, I’m not sure. The reason you want transparency when donating to a candidate is to prevent an elected official, who’s supposed to serve the public interest, from being secretly coopted by huge sums of money provided by a special interest. In a ballot measure, though, the money being spent is designed to influence the public itself. They’re the final arbiter of the public interest, no?
Make sure that each of the bigots is hounded out of town, hanging their heads in shame as they go. Do please proceed with wreaking their lives, so that you can feel good.
Probably most of them will end up bringing their talents, skills and wealth to the great state of Texas, to the continued greater detriment of California. But hey, at least you'll be able to feel good and righteous about doing so.