This research examines some of the assumptions inherent in discussions of campaign-finance disclosure laws as they relate to ballot issues. Specifically, it tests the theory that mandatory disclosure contributes to “better” (that is, more informed) voters by (a) examining respondents’ support for disclosure, (b) exploring the idea of the “chilling” nature of disclosure (if respondents are less likely to support initiative campaigns in the face of mandatory disclosure), (c) measuring knowledge of disclosure laws and access to disclosed information, and (d) investigating these issues in the context of specific ballot issues.
Suggested Citation: Carpenter, D. M. (2009). Mandatory disclosure for ballot initiative campaigns. Independent Review, 13(4), 567-583.