501(c)(4) Group Ordered to Disclose Contributors - State and Federal Communications

November 1, 2012  •  

501(c)(4) Group Ordered to Disclose Contributors

Education Voters of IdahoAn Idaho judge ordered Education Voters of Idaho (EVI), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, to disclose the names of its contributors.

EVI contributed more than $200,000 to Parents for Education Reform, which spent the funds on television commercials in support of three school reform ballot measures, but claimed that as a 501(c)(4), it was exempt from state disclosure requirements. The judge disagreed, ruling that the disclosure requirements applied to all individuals, corporations, associations, and entities of any kind.

EVI filed its disclosure statement on October 31st, as ordered by the court, and is contemplating an appeal of the order.

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