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July 15, 2016

Utah Says It Will not Fully Enforce Law on Donor Disclosure

Utah’s attorney general has agreed not to enforce provisions of a state law requiring nonprofits to identify their donors if they spend at least $750 in a year on efforts to influence an election, the Associated Press reports. Organizations will still have to report gifts from political-advocacy groups, but the attorney general’s office said Wednesday that mandating further disclosure would be unconstitutional.

The move settles a lawsuit filed last fall by three Utah advocacy organizations that said the law was overly broad and violated their free-speech rights. The measure was enacted 2013 following a scandal involving a former state attorney general who funneled campaign contributions through a nonprofit to shield donors’ identities.