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Nonprofit backed by Koch brothers won't have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris

Nonprofit backed by Koch brothers won't have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris

A federal judge has ruled that a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch does not have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in a case that pitted state law governing charities against 1st Amendment rights.

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, in a ruling issued Thursday, found that the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity organization, can ignore Harris' demand to turn over the names and addresses of those who have donated more than $5,000.

Such disclosure, Real wrote, "chills the exercise of [the group]'s 1st Amendment freedoms to speak anonymously and to engage in expressive...

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