AP: Judge: Citizens United Must Disclose Donor Information to New York

Judge: Citizens United Must Disclose Donor Information to NY

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A federal judge says a nonprofit conservative organization advocating for less government must disclose information about its major donors to New York's attorney general if it wants to solicit money in the state.

Manhattan Judge Sidney Stein ruled Monday regarding Citizens United. The judge says the organization must comply with the attorney general's requirement that charities disclose names, addresses and total contributions of major donors.

The organization had sued. It says the policy violates its First Amendment rights.

Citizens United attorney Donald McGahn says the group is pleased the court made clear donors will remain confidential and any effort to publicize them was thwarted.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) praises the ruling. He says it preserves tools necessary to ensure charitable funds are properly used.