“Think if someone supports Planned Parenthood but they don’t want their religious leaders or their parents or their employer to know about it. If that type of information has to be disclosed it harms that individual’s free association rights.”
The IRS allows 501(c)(3) entities to engage in political causes, provided they do not participate in direct electioneering. Boyack said that, in passing HB 43, the Legislature greatly overstepped its bounds.
“What we’re worried about here is that the Legislature overreacted and rather than taking a scalpel and trying to close any potential loopholes tightly, they’ve taken a sledgehammer and they’ve roped in many other organizations and as a result of that, has chilled the free speech not only of the organizations but by extension their donors, their supporters,” he said.