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California Can't Collect Names Of Dark Money Donors, According To The Supreme Court
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California Can't Collect Names Of Dark Money Donors, According To The Supreme Court


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States Supreme Court ordered California on Thursday to stop collecting the names and addresses of major charitable donors.

The justices sided with two nonprofit groups, one of which had ties to billionaire Charles Koch, who argued that California's policy violated the First Amendment.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund had both expressed strong support for the nonprofits.

Only three other states, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York, require charities to provide the IRS form when collecting funds from state residents.

A federal appeals court upheld California's practice, ruling that the information serves the important state goal of preventing charities from engaging in fraud, and that the information was unlikely to be released publicly, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The two organizations that had challenged California's requirements were the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a charitable organization linked to the primary political organization supported by Koch and his brother, David, who died in 2019. Koch's organizations had spent hundreds of millions of dollars supporting Republican candidates and conservative political candidates.

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