California demands donor lists from conservative nonprofits – in violation of federal law

California demands donor lists from conservative nonprofits – in violation of federal law

[Ed. – The second group mentioned in this article makes its case here, with chapter and verse on how Kamala Harris and California are violating federal law.  New York is doing something similar.]

The conservative Americans for Prosperity Foundation filed a First Amendment lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris accusing her of engaging in unfair targeting of conservative nonprofits, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

[T]he Americans for Prosperity Foundation is saying the state of California is improperly demanding information about its donors – and is threatening unusually harsh penalties if the group doesn’t comply. One other conservative group has filed a separate lawsuit against the attorney general, which is now in the Ninth Circuit. …

Like some other states, California requires these groups to register with the attorney general every year. In its lawsuit, the AFP Foundation says it has been filing its 990 with the state every year since 2001. But recently Harris’ office rejected the report as incomplete because it doesn’t include the donor lists. This appears to be a new policy.

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