Court strikes down NY law to disclose donors to nonprofits

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 14: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at his Midtown Manhattan office, September 14, 2018 in New York City. Cuomo discussed his primary night election victory as well as a range of other topics. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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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