Supreme Court delivers defeat to Harris with donor-privacy decision

Former California attorney general sued over the pursuit of confidential donor lists

Her name is no longer on the case, but Vice President Kamala Harris suffered a Supreme Court smackdown last week when the justices toppled California’s donor-disclosure requirement for charities.

As California attorney general, Ms. Harris turned up the heat on charitable nonprofits by insisting that they submit to her office the names of leading donors, then threatening to levy fines and suspend their state registrations if the groups refused to comply.

“It all started when her office demanded that we turn over the names and contact information of our major donors, which we felt was private and confidential, and we were ready to make a constitutional issue of it,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, one of two plaintiffs.


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