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February 24, 2015

Maine May Ask Politically Active Nonprofits to Disclose Donors

A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill to require nonprofit groups that spend money on state political campaigns to disclose their own donors, the Sun Journal of Lewiston reports. Presenting the measure Monday to a legislative committee, state Sen. Tom Saviello cited environmental and animal-welfare groups that established political action committees to influence voters in last year's election.

Mr. Saviello's bill would require nonprofits of all types to disclose contributors for the two years prior to any donation by the group to a political organization. "I think people should know where that money is coming from," he said. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine testified against the bill, saying it infringes on constitutionally protected speech.