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Group continues fight to keep donors private

The conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms isn't disclosing its donors without a fight.

Nonprofit advocacy groups are not required to disclose their donors if they can prove to the state's Joint Committee on Public Ethics that there is a credible reason to think disclosure would lead to donors being harmed. As a result of this recent rule, groups seeking to keep their donors private must re-submit applications to JCOPE, which has been criticized by NYCF for arbitrarily deciding who must disclose their donors.

"In spite of our continuing concerns about the substance of JCOPE's new regulations and the inconsistency with which they are being applied, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has applied for a disclosure exemption again as of today's date, and has fully complied with JCOPE's requirements," said New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Executive Director Rev. Jason J. McGuire.

A copy of the letter requesting a donor disclosure exemption is available below.

"Even under the new, more stringent regulations adopted by JCOPE, NYCF is entitled to a donor disclosure exemption," he said. "Unfortunately, while we jump through additional hoops in our efforts to protect our donors from harassment and reprisals, NARAL Pro-Choice New York remains exempt from the donor disclosure rules applicable to other organizations. For this reason, we object to the entire exemption application process, and have notified JCOPE that our new application is being submitted under protest."

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