Washington R-71 donor names to be made public
TACOMA, Washington: Yesterday, the Washington Public Disclosure Commission ruled that the names of donors to Protect Marriage Washington are a matter of public record. Protect Marriage Washington is the primary sponsor of Referendum 71. Referendum 71 is an attempt to overturn Washington's new "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law. Just last week Referendum 71 supporters requested an emergency hearing to seal the names after claims were made that some supporters had been threatened. The commission denied the request.
In July the group filed a request for a temporary restraining order in order to not release the names. They argued that the disclosure of donors' names might put those signers at risk of harassment. On July 29, 2009 a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order.
- KNDO, "Donors names to R-71 Campaign to be made public," August 12, 2009
- National Review Online, "Washington State Judge Allows Petition Signers to Maintain Privacy for Now," July 30, 2009
- Ballot Access News, "Referendum Proponents Ask Federal Court to Protect Secrecy of Petition Signers," July 29, 2009