San Diego Union-Tribune: Is the AG chilling charitable giving? (In the News)

Steven Greenhut

The AFP Foundation said in its lawsuit that it has been filing such forms every year since 2001 without problem – but that in the last two years Harris has demanded the Section B information. As this column previously reported, the AG’s office said that was needed for potential enforcement issues – and that its policy was to keep the donor information in confidence. The deposition certainly raises questions about the security of the information…

This case is expected to go to court in February. In a similar case, the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined hearing the Center for Competitive Politics’ challenge to the attorney general’s rule. The center’s president, David Keating, told me the high-court’s decision dealt only with its call for a preliminary injunction, so the case goes back to district court for a ruling on its merits. So the matter is far from resolved and other cases target similar rules in New York and Florida.

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