- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge in Los Angeles says a conservative group founded by the billionaire Koch (Coke) brothers can keep its donors secret from California’s top prosecutor.

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the California attorney general’s office failed to show sufficient need for the information.

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation sued two years ago after the office demanded it submit a federal tax form including a list of donors or lose its state tax exemption.

The foundation argued the requirement violated its First Amendment rights.

The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris says it was enforcing a long-standing requirement for nonprofits that’s designed to protect taxpayers against fraud.

The office says it will appeal the judge’s decision.


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