"Carried to an extreme, the voting public's right to know who supports candidates and parties would mean that even the smallest amount would have to be disclosed, giving the name, address and occupation of the donor. There are, however, expenses involved in providing transparency: first, administrative expenses, connected with professional bookkeeping at all levels of political activity; and second, the expenses of political actors and public agencies in preparing and processing unnecessarily detailed information. Thus a realistic concept of transparency has to be a search for the optimum balance."
International IDEA: Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns, p. 143

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Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns