- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah won’t enforce parts of a state law requiring nonprofits to report donors who give more than $750 to influence a campaign or votes.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office said in a settlement Wednesday that organizations will have to report donations from political advocacy groups, but requiring more disclosure would be unconstitutional.

The settlement comes after three nonprofits challenged the law, saying forcing them to reveal donors violates their freedom of speech.

Groups like the Utah Taxpayers Association said it kept them from weighing in on a proposed sales tax increase last year.

The laws’ sponsor, Republican House Speaker Greg Hughes, has said nonprofits should face the same donation-reporting requirements as political action committees and candidates.

The nonprofits, though, say they’re different because speaking out on issues is only part of what they do.


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