Gary King’s Quixotic (and questionable) Battle Against Non-Profits

As Heath Haussamen reports:

Attorney General Gary King is still considering whether to take his fight to force two nonprofits to register as political committees to the U.S. Supreme Court. He’s also exploring ideas for amending state law so that its requirement that groups disclose funding sources passes the constitutional test.

The two non-profits are left-wing organizations King wants to register are left-wing groups New Mexico Youth Organized, which is a project of the Center for Civic Policy (CCP), and SouthWest Organizing Project maintain that mailers like this one sent out two to three months before the 2008. I am not going to say whether the activities of these two organizations strays over the legal line or not, you’ll have to decide that yourself, but what I will say is that the Rio Grande Foundation has never come close to the lines these organizations have so clearly pushed.

Nonetheless, as Haussamen notes, King seems to believe that the Rio Grande Foundation should be a target of donor disclosure as well. That seems absurd and King has failed to gain traction in the courts, but it would seem that King sees our Watchdog activities as more of a threat than he does government corruption.

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