Monday, July 5, 2021

Supreme Court: No, the California Attorney General Can’t Be Trusted with Donor Lists; SCOTUS Strikes Down California Donor Disclosure Policy As Unconstitutional

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Supreme Court: No, the California Attorney General Can’t Be Trusted with Donor Lists:
This morning, in the case of Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, Attorney General of California, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s law requiring charitable organizations to disclose their donors, concluding the law “burdens donors’ First Amendment rights and is not narrowly tailored to an important government interest,” ruling 6 to 3 that the law is unconstitutional.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts noted:
The need for up-front collection is particularly dubious given that California—one of only three States to impose such a requirement, see id., at 420— did not rigorously enforce the disclosure obligation until 2010.
What kind of power-hungry lunatic became California attorney general in 2010? Oh, that one.
Roberts continued: --->READ MORE HERE
SCOTUS Strikes Down California Donor Disclosure Policy As Unconstitutional:
On Thursday, the Supreme Court held that California cannot force nonprofits to disclose the names of their donors. By rendering California’s donor policy unconstitutional, Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta reaffirms Americans’ right to freely associate.
In its decision, the Court sided with Americans for Prosperity who argued that the California law violated their members’ right to freely associate.
Americans for Prosperity is a conservative and libertarian political advocacy group, who was represented by the Thomas More Law Center, a national nonprofit public interest law firm, dedicated to defending America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, religious freedom, and conservatism. These conservative challengers were joined by a diverse coalition of interest groups from across the ideological spectrum — such as the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the ACLU, and the Human Rights Campaign — to oppose California’s unconstitutional policy.
“The gravity of the privacy concerns in this context is further underscored by the filing of hundreds of organizations as amici curiae in support of the petitioners,” Chief Justice Roberts emphasized in his majority opinion. “Far from representing uniquely sensitive causes, these organizations span the ideological spectrum, and indeed the full range of human endeavors.” --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Supreme Court Strikes Down California Law Mandating Donor Disclosures

SCOTUS’s California Ruling Isn’t a Win for ‘Conservatives’ or the ‘Rich,’ It’s a Win for Free Speech

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