This article in campaignlegal is by Austin Graham
Across the political spectrum, four-out-of-five Americans consistently support greater transparency in our democratic process. Yet a growing number of state legislatures around the country are moving to block public access to information about who is spending big money to secretly influence our vote and our government.
Last week, South Dakota became the latest state to adopt sweeping legal protections to shield information about politically active nonprofit organizations and their donors from the public eye, undermining voters’ right to know who is spending big money to influence our elections.
In South Dakota, the newly enacted bill, H.B. 1079, broadly prohibits every executive branch agency in the state from requiring nonprofits to disclose any information beyond the meager requirements in existing state law.
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