Those with real institutional power and privilege are not afraid of being punished for telling lies. Those with real institutional power and privilege are not afraid of retribution from the baying mobs for expressing “incorrect” ideas. Clearly, those with real institutional power and privilege in California want to out the thought criminals who dare to contribute to the free expression of doubleplusungood ideas when it comes to candidates and ballot measures…
The California Legislative counsel’s digest describes AB 249, in part:
“The act also requires advertisements, as defined, to include prescribed disclosure statements, including, among others, a requirement that the disclosure statements include the names of the persons who made the 2 highest cumulative contributions, as defined, to the committee paying for the advertisement.
“The bill would define ‘top contributors’ for purposes of these provisions as the persons from whom the committee paying for the advertisement received its 3 highest cumulative contributions, as specified.”
The retort will obviously be that only nefarious people with nefarious machinations would have something to hide.
This, however, is a view of those with real institutional power and privilege who can say what they want with full impunity throughout broader scope of society.
Who else might not want their name known?
Those who justifiably fear not only retribution from neighbors and bosses, but from the various minions of the vindictive Left who are more than willing to target and destroy anyone and everyone who dares utter a dissenting voice, via “doxxing” and even more truly nefarious means and machinations.
This bill clearly targets those without institutional power and privilege, and thus can be considered to be veritably oppressive, and thus truly socially injust.