Campaign Finance Laws are Anti-Democratic
On keeping money out of politics:
I tend to take our Declaration of Independence as the culmination of 18th Century Enlightenment thought about politics. It is short and worth a careful reading.
Our Declaration claims certain truths are self-evident. I do not think it means they are obvious. It was certainly not obvious at the time that all men were equal. I think it means that once read or heard, these statements have the “ring of truth” and therefore are their own evidence of truth.
Our Declaration does not list all of our rights. Even the Bill of Rights says that other rights are retained by the people (9th Amendment)
.Our Declaration says that among our rights is the right to pursue happiness. I take that to include an absolute right to privacy.
Let us consider an analogy by an opponent:
“If you bring a salad to a potluck,with expectation that others will share your food and you theirs, everyone can reasonably expect that anyone asked would divulge the ingredients of what they brought; we all have have a right to know if a dish has something in it might affect our health and well being even though you bought the ingredients with private funds and prepared those ingredients in the privacy of your own kitchen. It is not unreasonable to know who financially backs a candidate and with what amount of money, and isn’t law based on the reasonable expectations of a reasonable person?”
Yes you may have a reasonable expectation that I would divulge the ingredients, but suppose I do not? You have choices. You might just skip the salad. Others may choose to trust my salad without the information. You might make disparaging remarks about my behavior. You might snub me. You might take me off your subsequent guest lists.
You may not have me arrested.
Continuing the analogy, you may expect that a candidates wanting your vote will disclose financing and subject records to an independent audit. If the candidate puts personal privacy first, you still have the choice of voting for or against.
Keeping candidates off the ballot because they put a greater emphasis on personal privacy is keeping a political position off the ballot. In particular, the Libertarian Party has difficulty fielding candidates because of disclosure requirements.