Disclosure: A Threat to Associational Privacy

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS staff  •    •  

Disclosure, in the campaign finance context, refers to laws and regulations requiring candidates and political groups to report information about their activities to the government, which then makes that information available publicly. The required information varies greatly, depending on the affected organization and the local, state, or federal government mandating the disclosure. Disclosure rules fall into two broad categories: disclosure…

Doxing Trump Donors Is Just the Beginning

August 14, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Even as disclosure laws have grown more expansive, technology has made them easier to abuse.

Round-Up: Commentary on Congressman’s Doxxing of Trump Supporters

August 7, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

On August 6, Congressman Joaquin Castro publicly exposed on Twitter the names and employers of private citizens who donated to the re-election campaign of ...

Advocacy Groups Across the Ideological Spectrum Demand Privacy for Their Supporters

July 8, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , ,

By and large, nonprofits that engage in issue advocacy strenuously protect the privacy of their donors. Google “donor privacy policy,” and you will see ...

Cruz to Google: It’s Eleven O’clock, Do You Know Where Your Employees’ Political Contributions Are?

June 26, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz grilled Google User Experience Director Maggie Stanphill on a subject that is neither ...

New Anti-Privacy Law Could Seriously Harm New Jersey Organizations

June 25, 2019   •  By Meghan Brandabur   •  , , ,

On June 17, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed S. 150, sweeping legislation that requires nonprofit groups that speak about issues of public importance ...

No One is Safe from the Doxxers

June 4, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

Over the weekend, The Daily Beast exposed the identity of a day laborer and Trump supporter who allegedly edited a video of Rep. Nancy ...

Risky Business: Do disclosure and shareholder approval of corporate political contributions affect firm performance?

May 8, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Abstract: The role of corporations in the U.S. political process has received increased scrutiny in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ...

Analysis of Connecticut H.B. 7329 (2019)

May 7, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , ,

H.B. 7329 would impose unclear reporting burdens on Connecticut residents speaking about issues of public importance in the state. The bill would also worsen ...

Regulating Speakers Harms First Amendment Rights, Whether They’re Professional Journalists or Not

April 16, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , ,

Those rightly concerned about the creation of a sham “Journalism Ethics Board” should be similarly concerned about the immense powers granted to agencies, like ...

Democrats’ McCarthyist ‘For the People Act’

April 15, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

We have never accepted that the government — or our neighbors — have a broad right to know about our political activities.

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