The Supreme Court Throws Out a State Law Requiring Nonprofits to Name Rich Donors

NPR cites attorney Devin Watkins on the Supreme Court’s ruling against California’s law requiring charitable organizations to disclose the identities of their major donors to the attorney general’s office:

Devin Watkins, an attorney with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, praised the decision, calling California’s rule “unnecessary from the start.”

“Today, the Supreme Court correctly found that California’s claim of ‘convenience’ as justification for the requirement failed to justify stripping donors of their constitutional right of association,” he said. “That right is jeopardized when a person’s charitable donations are forced to be disclosed even privately, as the risk of improper public leaks resulting in harassment and intimidation will chill that First Amendment protected activity.”

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