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Supreme Court Strikes Down California Donor-Disclosure Rule

  • Top court says charity-reporting rule violates First Amendment
  • 6-3 ruling says state ‘casts dragnet’ for donor information
    
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A divided U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a California requirement that charities list the names and addresses of their top donors in filings with the state, saying the rule violates the Constitution’s First Amendment.

The 6-3 ruling is a victory for two conservative groups -- the Thomas More Law Center and the Charles Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- that said the California rule puts their donors at risk of harassment and intimidation.