Donor Privacy

The Facts:

Nobody wants their name on a government list. The constitution grants the right to privacy and free speech.

 

The Problem:

Without donor privacy, Iowans could face harassment from opponents of causes and charities they support.

 

The Solution:

Iowa’s legislators must act to preserve the privacy of donors to nonprofit organizations and clarify the rights granted under the First Amendment.

Iowans Need Donor Privacy Protection

Transparency is for government. Privacy is for individuals. 

 

Individuals who make charitable donations deserve to be able to do so privately. Some individuals do not want to be bombarded with requests for donations, so they wish to donate without recognition to preserve their anonymity. Other individuals may wish to donate to a cause that is not politically popular, and they deserve to do so without fear of harm to themselves or their families.

The First Amendment protects the freedom of association, which was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in the 1958 NAACP v. Alabama case where the State of Alabama tried to suppress the civil rights movement by requesting member lists from the NAACP, and chilling speech by not protecting the privacy of donors to nonprofit organizations undermines this First Amendment protection. It is imperative that the state act to preserve the privacy of donors to nonprofits and reinforce the rights granted under the First Amendment.

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