Gaspee Project files lawsuit against R.I. BOE over donor-disclosure law

THE GASPEE PROJECT and the Illinois Opportunity Project filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island Thursday alleging the enhanced-disclosure law requiring donors making independent expenditures to nonpartisan advocacy groups in support or opposition to a candidate to disclose addresses and places of employment violates free-speech and privacy rights.
THE GASPEE PROJECT and the Illinois Opportunity Project filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island Thursday alleging the enhanced-disclosure law requiring donors making independent expenditures to nonpartisan advocacy groups in support or opposition to a candidate to disclose addresses and places of employment violates free-speech and privacy rights.
PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island law that requires enhanced disclosure of donors making significant independent expenditures to nonpartisan, issue-advocacy groups is being challenged in federal court by two such groups. According to R.I. Gen. Laws 17-25.3-1, individuals who donate more than $1,000 to nonpartisan, issue-advocacy groups must disclose publicly to the R.I. Board of Elections…

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