By Kelly McCutchen
Would you respond honestly at a public meeting in your community if the speaker asks you to raise your hand if you support gay marriage, a ban on abortion, restrictions on gun purchases or legalization of marijuana?
What if the meeting was being videotaped?
For some individuals, expressing their honest views in a public forum could threaten their friendships, their business … even their jobs.
Thankfully, citizens who feel strongly about an issue but concerned about the repercussions of speaking out personally have an option: pooling their money with others who share their views to fund organizations that can make their voices heard in the public debate.
Our long history in America of protecting the privacy of…