Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Description:  California requires all nonprofit organizations who solicit donations in the state to disclose the names and addresses of major donors to the California attorney general’s office on an annual basis, even though it has no compelling need for the information and has historically handled it with great negligence. This has unnecessarily opened up donors to harassment and intimidation for engaging in activity protected by the First Amendment.

US to Supreme Court: Govt shouldn’t force charities to disclose donor data

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch regarding a brief filed Tuesday by the U.S. solicitor general encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court, which requested the brief, to take the ADF case Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra and a related case:

“Charitable entities shouldn’t be required to disclose confidential donor information to state officials who do not need it and who fail to adequately protect donor identities from disclosure to the public. We are pleased that the United States agrees that this case presents critically important issues that the Supreme Court should decide immediately. Forced donor disclosure is a threat to everyone and discourages both charitable giving and participation in the marketplace of ideas.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Previous news releases:

  • 2019-08-26: Nonprofit asks US Supreme Court to reverse decision forcing disclosure of donors

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