Please take note of the Advance Arkansas Institute’s newest report: it’s about a dangerous new bill that was recently introduced in the Arkansas General Assembly. This bill puts the privacy of supporters of the Advance Arkansas Institute (and other nonprofit organizations) in jeopardy. The bill requires mandatory government reporting of the names and addresses of donors to nonprofit advocacy organizations.
Mandatory government reports which publicize those who donate to advocacy organizations will shut down debate about public policy. If enacted, state Rep. Clarke Tucker’s HB 1005 will require extensive production of privacy-destroying government reports from many Arkansas nonprofit organizations.
Among other problems, this proposed legislation would not only stifle political speech, but would also regulate much more than campaign speech. It would lead to harassment of and retaliation against donors. HB 1005 tramples on the right of every Arkansan to be able to participate in public discourse without fearing that he or she will be targeted for harassment. The harm this measure would cause to the state’s political process will be balanced by no real benefit, since the measure would do nothing to increase accountability for politicians.
We hope you enjoy our newest report, authored by AAI’s Marc Kilmer.