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By Tyler Martinez
…..Back when Kamala Harris was attorney general of California, she did her best to invade the privacy rights of donors to nonprofit organizations. It did not matter that those very same privacy rights had protected members and supporters of the NAACP and other nonprofit groups in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
Fortunately, a stunning cross-section of advocacy groups—from the ACLU on the Left to my firm, Mountain States Legal Foundation, on the Right—teamed up to fight back against Harris’ unconstitutional conduct. Conservative, liberal, progressive or libertarian—all saw the danger in California’s demand.
Even the Biden administration distanced itself from the now-vice president’s actions, arguing that the Supreme Court should send the case back to the lower courts for another round of review. Instead, however, the Court ruled 6-3 in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta (“AFPF”) in favor of robust privacy interests, and it did so in a big way that will have a major impact on future cases.
In a free society, the government cannot keep track of what every citizen does or what groups or causes a person supports.