Arizona Republic: You don’t want your info published. Neither do nonprofit donors (In the News)

Arizona Republic: You don’t want your info published. Neither do nonprofit donors

By Alex Cordell

Efforts to force civic groups to disclose their donors constitute a real threat by exposing Arizonans to potential harassment for their beliefs.

Many are fighting back against this encroachment on First Amendment rights. Others are making fun of it.

State Rep. Vince Leach recently introduced House Bill 2153 to protect non-profit donor privacy at all levels of local and state government.

Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts would have you believe HB 2153 is more nefarious. According to Roberts, the bill prevents “cities from requiring dark money campaigns to disclose the source of their funding,” so they can “sway our elections from the cozy cover of anonymity.” 

Sounds scary, right?

Not really. On “planet reality,” this bill simply upholds the strong donor privacy protections passed by the Legislature in 2016, and extends this coverage to the city level. Importantly, it doesn’t change compliance standards for non-profits. By creating a uniform set of rules and precluding cities from forcing additional disclosures, Arizona’s non-profits can continue doing what they do best.

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