Colin Reed: Protecting donor privacy – Supreme Court has chance to protect charity supporters from harassment

It was a delicious dose of hypocrisy, even by Whitehouse’s standards, WHO, when not embroiled in スキャンダル, is usually grandstanding about the evils of so-calleddark money.

You know the term. Liberals use it to describe conservative nonprofit organizations that are not required to disclose their financial supporters to preserve their freedom of association. Naturally, they fall silent about left-wing groups who employ the same tactics to keep their donors private.


In a recent stunt, Whitehouse even denigrated the majority of the Supreme Court – which was confirmed by a majority of the U.S. Senate in which he serves – asservants of right-wing dark money interests.


While hyperbolic rhetoric is par for the course for the otherwise forgettable Whitehouse, the setting of this incident was meaningful. As he was accusing Supreme Court justices of being bought and paid for by special-interest groups, he was physically standing on their steps, vowingto keep the spotlight on the six Republicans in the building behind me.

If this seems like manipulation or downright intimidation, that’s because it is. Just ask Whitehouse. After a 7-2 majority on the court, including two justices appointed by former President Trump, upheld the Affordable Care Act, Whitehouse proudly credited the “警告” he and his fellow Democrats had issued during their respective confirmation process.

He may not realize it, but Whitehouse is making the best case for the importance of donor privacy. If justices on the Supreme Court are targets of political harassment from a U.S. 上院議員, imagine what it is like for everyday citizen. They have the threat of a red-faced senator with subpoena power screaming at their doorstep. 文字通り. What a terrifying thought, and one that would send most folks scurrying out of the political arena.

IRS leak to Pro Publica earlier this month should send chills up the spine of anyone – left, right and center – concerned about donor privacy.