Court strikes down NY law to disclose donors to nonprofits

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FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing a bill in New York. Cuomo said that the plaintiffs in a challenge to the Republican-led tax overhaul filed last year “are evaluating all options including appeal,” after a federal judge in New York has ruled that the 2017 federal tax overhaul’s cap on state and local tax deductions was not an “unconstitutional assault” on the sovereignty of high-tax Democratic-leaning states. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Democratic governor is reviewing a federal judge’s move to strike down a 2016 law that would have required the disclosure of donors to certain nonprofits that want to lobby public officials.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says it’s considering next steps following the decision in the Southern District of New York.

Nonprofit good government group Citizens Union sued the state in 2016 arguing the law harms donors’ First Amendment rights, including the right to express opinions anonymously.

New York’s law would have required disclosure whenever certain nonprofits advocate in public for positions that are supported by an elected official and related to potential legislation.

The judge’s Sept. 30 decision says New York didn’t justify such broad restrictions.

Cuomo’s spokesman said he questions what the “advocacy industrial complex” is hiding.

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