Utah Settles Lawsuit, Concedes First Amendment Violation

In an agreement approved by a federal judge this afternoon, Utah agreed not to enforce a state campaign finance law that violated the First Amendment. The complex law required nonprofit advocacy groups to register with the state and publicly report their supporters’ private information, threatening donations to those organizations.

The agreement, known as a consent decree, was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball and settles a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Utah groups by attorneys at the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to freedom of political speech, assembly, and petition.

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