ADF commends IRS proposed rule protecting donors from harassment


Monday, December 09, 2019

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt regarding the official comment ADF submitted Monday to the Internal Revenue Service in support of its proposed rule to eliminate the current guidance mandating that certain tax-exempt organizations disclose private donor information:

“Every American should be free to support causes they believe in without fear of harassment, intimidation, or doxing. Unfortunately, when organizations put donors’ personal information on IRS tax forms such as Schedule B’s, that information is often leaked—intentionally or unintentionally—to third parties. Forced donor disclosure is a threat to everyone, contributes to a toxic culture of fear, and undermines the First Amendment’s promise of free association. The IRS has the authority to correct this problem and ensure that public advocacy is for everyone, not merely those able to weather death threats, hate mail, boycotts, and other abuse. ADF commends the IRS for crafting a proposed rule that upholds the right to free speech and association while eliminating a requirement with dangerous implications for donor privacy.”

ADF attorneys representing a Michigan-based nonprofit asked the U.S. Supreme Court in August to take up their case, Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the organization must disclose the names and addresses of major donors to the California attorney general on an annual basis.
 
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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