The First Amendment protects the right of all Americans to “to pursue their lawful private interests privately and to associate freely with others in so doing.” This Court has issued ruling after ruling re-affirming that cardinal principle, repeatedly striking down donor disclosure regimes. There is one limited exception: in the context of money given and spent on political campaign advocacy, some donor disclosure has been found constitutional. The Ninth Circuit, however, has messily grafted that narrow exception onto the Attorney General’s dragnet demand for the major donors to all federally-registered nonprofit organizations operating in California. Certiorari should be granted so that this Court may return its campaign finance precedents to their proper context and restore the general rule that the compelled disclosure of donors to nonprofit organizations can rarely be squared with the First Amendment.

Read the full amicus brief here.

Institute for Free Speech Amicus Brief, United States Supreme Court of Appeals (September 25, 2019)