Supreme Court Deals Victory for Donor Privacy| National Catholic Register

Issuing the last of its opinions for this year’s term, the Supreme Court on Thursday morning struck down a California rule that requires charities operating in the state to hand over their federal tax returns, including a copy of Schedule B, a form containing the names and addresses of major donors nationwide.  The rule was put in place by one California attorney general and enforced by her successor. Their names were Kamala Harris and Xavier Becerra. They are now, respectively, the vice president of the United States and the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. That does not bode well — but, nonetheless, the court’s decision is an important victory for the right to associate free from the prying eyes of public officials and a culture that cancels anyone who supports unfashionable views. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court held that California’s disclosure requirement is facially invalid (meaning unconstitutional in every application) because it burdens donors’ First Amendment rights and is not narrowly tailored to an important government interest. The court’s majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts.   Two groups had objected to California’s donor-disclosure requirement. The Thomas More Law Center, a Catholic nonprofit law firm that defends religious freedom, family values and the sanctity of life, and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a libertarian conservative  advocacy group, argued that the disclosure rule violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free association by discouraging their donors from making donations. 

Supreme Court Deals Victory for Donor Privacy| National Catholic Register

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