Vice President Harris remained silent Thursday Supreme Search ruling against California in a case that began under Harris’ tenure as state attorney general.
The rule required nonprofits in California to disclose information about major donors to the state. The Supreme Court overturned the requirement in a 6-3 decision that split along ideological lines.
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Conservative groups that sued the California law – Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Thomas More Law Center – said it violated the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of association because the disclosure requirements created a “chilling effect” on the law. speech and “real and potential” giving. California, meanwhile, said it requires charities to submit their IRS 990 Schedule B forms to the state for critical law enforcement purposes and that the forms will not be made public, it So there is no reason to worry about frightening speeches.
The court sided with conservative groups, saying such disclosure requirements violate the First Amendment.
“Our cases have indicated that disclosure requirements may chill the association [e]even if there is [is] no disclosure to the general public, “Roberts wrote.” While confidentiality guarantees may reduce the burden of disclosure to the state, they do not eliminate it. ”
Harris has so far been silent on the Supreme Court’s overturning of the law she defended and attempted to enforce.
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California Attorney General Rob Bonta was named a defendant in the case when the Supreme Court read the case because the defendant was changed with each new state attorney general. Harris was the original defendant in the legal battle of several years.
The case was supported by nearly 300 separate organizations from different sides of the political spectrum
“Americans shouldn’t have to choose between staying safe or speaking out,” said Emily Seidel, CEO of the AFP Foundation. “History shows us that the ability to preserve privacy enables people to unite in causes and in movements.”
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“It was the case for the civil rights movement, marriage equality, and it is still the case today,” she continued. “Especially in a polarized climate, the work of tackling injustice and advocating for change is difficult enough without people fearing harassment and retaliation from the government and potentially violent opposition.”
The vice president’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for Harris to comment on the decision.
Fox News’s Tyler Olson contributed reporting