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FLASH: 58 Organizations Join Fight To Stop California AG Kamala Harris's Illegal, Extortionate Privacy Violations

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American Target Advertising (ATA), the agency of conservative strategist and fundraising pioneer Richard A. Viguerie, along with 57 nonprofit and other organizations today filed a friend-of-the court brief asking the Supreme Court to hear the case Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California. The brief alleges that General Harris is imposing extortionate conditions violating federal tax return confidentiality law and multiple Constitutional provisions for charities and advocacy nonprofits to reach Californians. It describes the extensive collaboration between disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner and the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) whose members oversee nonprofit fundraising. 

"This is the NAACP v. Alabama of the 21st Century," said ATA President of Corporate Affairs Mark Fitzgibbons, who added, "Using methods more comprehensive and arbitrary than the Alabama attorney general and other politicians in the 1950s who sought to destroy the civil rights movement by intimidating and silencing activists and their organizations, Ms. Harris and many politicos want to use the power of government to intimidate or even put their grassroots critics out of business. In her unlawful quest, Harris is also violating privacy and association rights of donors to all charities essential for Toquevillian, non-governmental democracy in American society." 

The National Organization for Marriage, whose donor names were leaked by the IRS to hostile blogs, and nationally recognized conservative nonprofit organizations such as Media Research Center, Concerned Women for America, Citizens United, Family Research Council, Faith & Freedom Coalition, the Weyrich Lunch, and Leadership Institute are among the 58 organizations on the brief. 

A copy of the brief may be viewed through this link

The brief claims:

1. General Harris's demands that nonprofit organizations disclose to her their donor names and addresses on an IRS schedule violate federal law protecting confidential tax return information, violate the landmark 1958 decision NAACP v. Alabama protecting freedom of association, and violate privacy rights; 

2. General Harris's demands are an "extortionate unconstitutional condition" to obtain a permit to engage in constitutionally protected rights, and interfere with important privacy rights at the core of American society; and 

3. The California statute delegating unbridled discretion to General Harris to determine what registrants must file is unconstitutional on its face for First Amendment reasons, and is an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power.

LIST OF 57 CO-AMICI

IRC 501(c)(3) organizations: The 60 Plus Foundation, American Civil Rights Union, Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights, Citizens Council for Health Freedom, Citizens in Charge, Citizens Outreach Foundation, Citizens United Foundation, The Conservative Caucus Foundation, Dreamchaser Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation, The Family Action Council of Tennessee, Inc., Family Research Council, Freedom Alliance, Galen Institute, Gun Owners Foundation, Homes for Veterans, Independent Women's Forum, Ladies of Liberty Alliance, The Leadership Institute, Media Research Center, Project Veritas, Smiling Dog Farms, Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge/Tiger Missing Link Foundation, Tiger Preservation Center, Traditional Values Coalition Education and Legal Institute, The United States Constitutional Rights Legal Defense Fund, Inc., Virginia Institute for Public Policy, Young America's Foundation. 

IRC 501(c)(4) organizations: The 60 Plus Association, Inc., American Council for Health Care Reform, American Grassroots Council, Inc., American Policy Center, Campaign for Liberty, Citizens Outreach, Inc., Citizens United, Coalition for America (The Weyrich Lunch), Committee for the Republic, Concerned Women for America, Faith & Freedom Coalition, ForAmerica (America, Inc.), Frontiers of Freedom, Grassroots Hawaii Action, Gun Owners of America, Independent Women's Voice, Liberty Guard, Liberty Initiative Fund, Maryland Taxpayer Association, National Organization for Marriage, Patriot Voices, Securing Equal Education Development, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Traditional Values Coalition. 

For-profit organizations: ClearWord Communications Group, Inc., Donor Trends Corporation, Eberle Associates, Fund Raising Strategies, Inc., McFarland Messaging, MDS Communications.

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