But What If Big Collectives Had to Give Openly?

PUBLIC INFORMATION  — Katie Connolly, blogging for Newsweek.com, tells us that today's corporate free speech decision by the U.S. Supreme Court "spells disaster for political transparency." Au contraire: It could motivate campaign finance reformers to turn to sunlight, as Justice Brandeis said, as the best disinfectant.

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Lawmaker Faults Censorship by University Donors

FREE SPEECH/PUBLIC INFORMATION — Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) today called on the
administrators at California Polytechnic State University San Luis
Obispo to stop letting wealthy donors censor curriculum—a reported abuse he says might be disclosed if not deterred if a bill he is carrying on university foundation transparency were to become law.

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Attorney's Exonerating Letter Gets Taken Apart

OPEN MEETINGS — An attorney for the Garden Grove Unified School District has issued a letter advising
the board that trustee Lan Quoc Nguyen did not violate the
public-meetings law when he had brief discussions with two fellow trustees about who would nominate whom for board offices, minutes before the start of a regular board meeting last
month, reports Deepa Bharath in the Orange County Register. But a critical blogger takes the attorney's letter apart.

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