WASHINGTON, DC/Sept. 2, 2015 - Southeastern Legal Foundation joins Pacific Legal Foundation, Goldwater Institute, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Atlantic Legal Foundation and Missouri Forward Foundation in filing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of Center for Competitive Politics, all non-profit organizations and their donors in defense of their First Amendment rights. Center for Competitive Politics v. Harris, No. 15-152.
Confidentiality has long been the lifeblood of many non-profit organizations. In 1958, the Supreme Court declared that privacy in group association is indispensable to preserving the freedom of association, arising from incidents of intimidation against financial supporters of the NAACP and other civil rights organizations during the segregation era.
Ignoring the Supreme Court’s long-standing precedent and the First Amendment, California’s Attorney General is now attempting to require certain non-profit organizations to disclose their donor lists or risk not being permitted to solicit charitable contributions in California. Such disclosure would chill the speech and free association of the organizations and their donors. Amici submit their brief in defense of privacy, both as a private interest essential to their work and as one of the constitutional freedoms they are pledged to protect.