California law requires all nonprofits who solicit donations in the state to report the names and addresses of its major donors to the government.
Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a nonprofit organization based in Michigan, defends and promotes religious freedom, moral and family values, and the sanctity of human life. TMLC raises funds in California, and is subject to this law, which infringes on TMLC’s and its donors’ freedom of speech and association, as well as donor privacy.
TMLC has sued the state because California has no compelling need for this donor information and because the state has leaked hundreds of donors’ information in the past.
Given the trends of “cancel culture” and the fact that employees, clients, and supporters of TMLC have faced intimidation, death threats, hate mail, boycotts, and even assassination attempts from ideological opponents, protecting these donors’ information is critical.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Thomas More Law Center. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the arguments from TMLC and California, and we expect a ruling from the Court by the end of June. The Court’s decision could impact all Americans by setting a precedent to protect donor privacy or undermine the right to donate privately.
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