The Anti-Sunlight Argument

It’s the sort of thing good-government groups simply love.

But when Eliot Spitzer makes public the list of lobbyists he and his administration meet with — striking a blow for transparency and putting the legislature in the position of having to copy or reject what will likely be a popular measure — not everyone will be applauding.

One Assembly member I talked to predicted that such a change in the rules would actually have a chilling effect on dialogue with the opposition. The member, a Democrat, is lobbied regularly by representatives of groups opposing abortion, but only meets with them because the discussions don’t have to be disclosed to the public.

“That’s an example of a group I might not meet with,” the member said.

The Anti-Sunlight Argument