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November 10, 2015

Supreme Court Turns Down Calif. Case on Donor Disclosure

The Supreme Court will not consider a conservative nonprofit's legal challenge to a California order to name major donors in state regulatory filings, reports the Associated Press. The justices' decision, announced Monday, lets stand a May lower-court ruling upholding a state law requiring nonprofits to identify $5,000-plus donors whose names they provide to the Internal Revenue Service.

The Center for Competitive Politics sued to block California Attorney General Kamala Harris's order, saying it violates donors' constitutional rights to privacy and freedom of assembly. Ms.  Harris said her office needed donor data to determine if groups are actually pursuing charitable activities and that the information would not be made public. California regulators and lawmakers have moved in recent years to restrict the flow of "dark money" from unidentified donors into political campaigns via nonprofit groups.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy opinion column on the Center for Competitive Politics suit.