Salt Lake Tribune: Nonprofit groups challenge Utah political disclosure law (In the News)

Lee Davidson

Attorneys said the law requires any nonprofit group to disclose its donors if it spends $750 or more “to influence or tend to influence, directly or indirectly” any campaign or vote.

“But that can be almost any speech, especially in a free society where ideas are expected to influence our government,” said Allen Dickerson, legal director for the Virginia-based Center for Competitive Politics — which is representing the local nonprofits.

For example, Connor Boyack, director of Libertas Institute — which says it “promotes the cause of liberty” — said his group chose not to comment much on Proposition 1 that sought to raise sales taxes for transportation because HB43 might have forced it to reveal all its donors.

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.