Maps elsewhere: Outed
Some on the list object. The Times explains:
... Supporters have filed suit in Federal District Court in Sacramento seeking a preliminary injunction of a state election law that requires donors of $100 or more to disclose their names, addresses, occupations and other personal information. In particular, the suit seeks to stop the final filing for the 2008 election, which is due Jan. 31. That filing includes donations made in the closing days of the campaign, when the proposition surged to victory.
James Bopp Jr., a lawyer from Indiana who filed the lawsuit on the behalf of Protect Marriage, said the harassment of Proposition 8 supporters violated their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.
“The cost of transparency cannot be discouragement of people’s participation in the process,” said Mr. Bopp, who has argued several prominent cases challenging campaign-finance laws in California and other states. “The highest value in the First Amendment is speech, and some amorphous idea about transparency cannot be used to subvert those rights.”
My own view is that public records are public records and that information wants to be free, but it's interesting to see modern tools make facts that once would have been buried in obscure files (I remember long afternoons spent in the Commission on Election Finances reading room, poring over heavy tomes) instantly made public in sophisticated, interactive ways.
Eightmaps.com itself is registered through this outfit, which does create the appearance of wanting to have it both ways.