Republican National Lawyers Association: The Importance of Protecting the Privacy of Non-Profit Donors (In the News)

Republican National Lawyers Association: The Importance of Protecting the Privacy of Non-Profit Donors

By Josh Goodman

The IRS recently defended the privacy rights of non-profit organizations by declaring they would no longer collect the names and addresses of donors. Detractors of this new policy, mainly coming from the far-left, argue this will lead to an increase in foreign spending and so called ‘dark money’ in American politics. The Institute for Free Speech’s Luke Wachob explains in The Hill why this complaint is not based in reality.

“First, nonprofits can accept money from foreign sources, but they are legally prohibited from using it to support the election or defeat of candidates. The ban also applies to broadcast ads that mention the name of a candidate in the time near an election.

Second, a donor name and address does not tell you whether it is a U.S. citizen or green card holder. Many Americans live abroad, and many people in the United States are not citizens or legal permanent residents.”

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