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July 28, 2015

Judge Rejects Citizens United Bid to Shield Donor Information

A federal court in Manhattan declined Monday to grant conservative nonprofit Citizens United an injunction against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's demand that it give officials data on big donors before fundraising in the state, Reuters reports.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein rejected the organization's argument that a 2006 state regulation on donor disclosure violated its free-speech rights and exposed its contributors to a backlash for supporting controversial causes.

Citizens United sought to block Mr. Schneiderman's office from seeking its major donors' names, addresses, and contribution amounts. Judge Stein said the state policy reflected government interests in enforcing laws on fundraising and protecting residents from sham charities. Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement that the ruling "reaffirms some of our most basic responsibilities in overseeing the nonprofit sector."