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Effort to Conceal Citizens United Donors Rejected

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July 28, 2015

New York’s Attorney General can continue to require that charities disclose the identities of major donors, after a Manhattan judge rejected a bid by conservative group Citizens United to keep that information under wraps. Citizens United brought the suit in 2014, saying Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s policy requiring donor information infringed on its First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association and violated due process. But Judge Sidney H. Stein rejected the group’s request for an injunction, saying the disclosures were a vital part of Schneiderman’s “investigative arsenal.” Using that information, the AG “can compare major donor information against other documents that charities submit, allowing him to uncover possible violations and ultimately take action against unlawful charities.”

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