PPSA applauds the ACLU for taking a brave stand to protect its donors’ First Amendment right to anonymity.
Like the ACLU, PPSA stands for the privacy of donors of all ideological stripes. For example, in March, PPSA filed an amicus brief (along with Pacific Research Institution) with the Supreme Court in support of donor privacy. Our concern stems not from a desire to protect political interests, but rather the proven necessity of protecting donors to controversial causes across the political spectrum from harassment and intimidation by those in power.
This principle dates back to the landmark Supreme Court case of NAACP v. Alabama, in which the civil rights organization successfully fought to keep its membership list secret from vindictive state authorities. That principle was also championed by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote in a 1995 opinion, it is sometimes necessary to protect an individual who “spoke her mind, but sometimes not her name.”