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Citizens United Moves to Block AG Demand for Donor Data
New York Law Journal ^ | 06/18/14 | Mark Hamblett

Posted on 06/19/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Attorneys for the conservative advocacy group Citizens United pressed their claim Monday that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is violating the First Amendment by requiring the group to file a list of its confidential donors with the state.

ICitizens United is asking Judge Sidney Stein to grant a preliminary injunction blocking Schneiderman from requiring it to file with his Charities Bureau the confidential donor list contained on Internal Revenue Service Schedule B.

Lawyers for the group say that if Citizens United does not comply with Schneiderman's "unconstitutional" demand for the donor list, it risks prosecution for violating the ban on unregistered solicitation of charitable donations in New York State....

The group is famed for its role in the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), where the court held the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act prohibitions on independent expenditures by corporations and unions to support or renounce individual candidates violated the First Amendment....

Schneiderman, who was elected in 2010 and is up for reelection this year, has been a vocal critic of the Citizens United decision and an advocate of transparency in campaign finance....

Schneiderman's office is scheduled to respond to the Citizens United memorandum on the confidential donor list issue in two weeks. A date for oral argument before Stein has not been set....

In their complaint against the disclosure requirement that was filed May 22, the Citizens United legal team emphasized the importance of confidentiality when it uses donor funds "to advocate positions on 'hot button' topics such as the place of religion in America and explore the records of prominent individuals"...

"These donors reasonably fear public backlash and financial harm should their support of politically contentious and controversial causes become known publicly," according to the complaint.

(Excerpt) Read more at newyorklawjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: citizens; irs; schneiderman; united

1 posted on 06/19/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

They want to know the donors so they can destroy them, like good little fascists.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 5:24:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Just tell them the info was lost. The hard drives were destroyed.


3 posted on 06/19/2014 5:25:45 AM PDT by The Louiswu (One brave man, that's all we need.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Don’t we have several empty prisons around the country?

There may not be enough room for all of the tyrants and their fascist agencies, but filling them would be a good start and a good lesson.


4 posted on 06/19/2014 5:27:21 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: The Louiswu

beat me to it.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 5:32:24 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: G Larry

>> There may not be enough room for all of the tyrants and their fascist agencies

Ashes don’t take up much space, and they mix well with dirt.
Just sayin’.


6 posted on 06/19/2014 5:55:20 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Another liberal fascist attempting to criminalize the opposition.


7 posted on 06/19/2014 6:07:12 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

We are at war, and few on our side know it.


8 posted on 06/19/2014 6:15:30 AM PDT by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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To: The Louiswu
Just tell them the info was lost. The hard drives were destroyed.

That is EXACTLY what they should do if the injunction fails. Simply do not give up the info.

Delay until the next AG. Just do not comply.

9 posted on 06/19/2014 6:16:27 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Post5203

It started on the eve of the 2000 election when Donna Brazille told Al Gore, “Never give up...” These evil people will double down on everything whether they need to or not. They discovered the “cure” for democracy: never comply with the law. Mullah Obama, “...If they bring a knife, you bring a gun...”


10 posted on 06/19/2014 6:37:27 AM PDT by Tzfat
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“Gee, our computers crashed. And we threw away the hard drive.”


11 posted on 06/19/2014 7:20:52 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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