- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state ethics board has rejected requests by an abortion rights group and a conservative organization to withhold the identities of major donors on state lobbying disclosures.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics on Tuesday declined to grant petitions from Family Planning Advocates, which supports abortion rights, and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, which opposes abortion. Both groups wanted exemptions from requirements that groups lobbying the state must identify financial backers.

The commission also denied a request from the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The organizations argued that identifying their donors could put them in danger, but commission members said they failed to show a valid risk.

Similar petitions from the groups were denied last year as well, though they were later reversed by a judicial hearing officer.

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