End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund President Tiffany Muller released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Rodriquez today, in which petitioners are challenging a California policy that requires charities that wish to raise tax-deductible funds in the state to privately disclose their major contributors to the California attorney general’s office.
“Transparency is critical to a healthy and vibrant democracy. A lack of transparency, especially with large amounts of money related to election spending, can lead to corruption and erode the people’s faith in elections.
“The California policy does not seek information related to rank-and-file members––but only major donors––and Americans for Prosperity Foundation hasn’t convincingly shown that their major donors would actually suffer harassment or retaliation.
“The Supreme Court must affirm that the American people’s interest outweighs the corporate interests. Further, nothing in this case should contradict the Court’s precedent that Congress can require transparency of political spending.”