Court Halts Enforcement of Donor Disclosure Law Over Constitutional Concerns

October 2, 2019

A federal court protected the constitutional rights of all New Jerseyans today by granting a preliminary injunction against Senate Bill 150, legislation that demands nonprofit social welfare organizations turn over supporters’ personal information.

In Americans for Prosperity v. Grewal, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion and order that the law cannot be enforced while the case continues. In addition to addressing the constitutional concerns raised in that lawsuit, the decision responds to issues raised in lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and protects all organizations impacted by the law.

The following statement can be attributed to ACLU-NJ Legal Director Jeanne LoCicero:

“The donor disclosure law puts core constitutional rights at stake, and the court made sure that organizations from across the ideological spectrum can make full use of our First Amendment freedoms as the case continues.

“The Supreme Court has said time and again that compulsory exposure of organizations’ supporters threatens free association, privacy, and other key rights, and the federal district court recognized those principles again today.”

Category: Free Speech

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