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May 19, 2015

Justice Kennedy Rejects Advocacy Group's Donor-Disclosure Appeal

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy turned down an emergency appeal late Monday by a nonprofit advocacy group seeking to reverse California court rulings requiring it to identify donors to state officials, writes the Los Angeles Times.

The justice did not wait to consult the full court before rejecting the appeal by the Center for Competitive Politics, which has refused to disclose its contributors to California Attorney General Kamala Harris's office.

A federal appeals court ruled earlier this month that the Virginia-based group, which opposes campaign-finance regulations, must abide by a California law requiring charities to identify "significant donors," as they do to the Internal Revenue Service. The center asked Justice Kennedy to block the disclosures while it prepared a full appeal. Conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity is also fighting the state requirement.