No Faceless Throwers of Rotten Tomatoes
“Disclosure,” when it comes to politics, is a very good thing. Sunlight is a great disinfectant — we need more; not less. If you allow people to make what are in effect anonymous, unlimited campaign contributions in order to support or oppose candidates, you are effectively neutering the need for any campaign finance laws.
We’re not simply talking about one person communicating with another. We’re talking about unions, myriad special interest groups, and perhaps even corporations directly influencing elections — anonymously. Anyone with enough money could cause as much mischief as they could afford without fear of repercussion.
“Without fear of repercussion”. Specifically, prosecution of the inevitable, wildly libelous accusations would be rendered nearly impossible
And in the absence of such a dampening force, would that not in turn lead to a sharp degeneration of the atmosphere of a campaign? This strikes me as a depth that is unnecessary and undesireable to plumb inasmuch as the atmosphere can turn quite nasty even with disclosure laws in place.