PRI Files Amicus Brief In Federal Lawsuit To Protect Constitutional Freedoms And Privacy Rights Of Anonymous Donors
SAN FRANCISCO –California-based free-market think tank Pacific Research Institute today joined the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the constitutional and privacy rights of donors to public charities to contribute anonymously.
The case, known as Americans For Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, challenges the efforts of former California Attorney General (and now U.S. Senator) Kamala Harris to require the bulk disclosure of the identities of donors (including anonymous donors) to 501(c)(3) public charities to the state as unconstitutional. A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in April, and the Attorney General’s office appealed that ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
PRI, Cato and CEI argue that the California Attorney General’s demand that donor lists be turned over to the state, “unnecessarily abridges philanthropic freedom and threatens to chill charitable giving, thereby weakening the ability of individual donors, grant-making institutions, and other nonprofit organizations to carry out their goals and missions.”
PRI is represented by C. Dean McGrath, Jr. of McGrath and Associates in Washington, DC.