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AR, IA, TN governors sign bills to protect citizens’ freedom to support charities without harassment

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt regarding the Arkansas governor’s signing of SB 535, the Iowa governor’s signing of HB 309, and the Tennessee governor’s signing of HB 159, three pieces of legislation that protect the ability of individuals to privately support charities and other nonprofit organizations of their choice without unnecessary government interference:

“Every American should be free to peacefully support causes they believe in without fear of harassment or intimidation. We commend the Arkansas, Iowa, and Tennessee legislatures for passing bills to proactively protect the confidential information of their citizens, especially during a time in which cancel culture and doxing can discourage charitable giving and result in a violation of First Amendment rights. These bills send the right message: Everyone, not merely those able to weather abuse, deserves a voice. We are thankful to Govs. Asa Hutchinson, Kim Reynolds, and Bill Lee for signing these important bills into law.”

ADF attorneys represent a Michigan-based nonprofit in the U.S. Supreme Court case Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta, which was argued on April 26. The lawsuit challenges California’s requirement that all nonprofit organizations who solicit donations in the state must disclose the names and addresses of major donors to the California attorney general’s office on an annual basis. Last month, 22 states and groups covering the ideological spectrum submitted more than 40 friend-of-the-court briefs in favor of ensuring that Americans remain free to support nonprofit organizations and their causes without fear of harassment or threats.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Zack Pruitt

Zack Pruitt serves as senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Legislative Advocacy. Since joining ADF in 2017, he has focused his efforts on issues involving religious liberty and freedom of speech. Formerly, Pruitt served as director of public policy for the Family Action Council of Tennessee, where he was responsible for the formulation of legislation and policy initiatives related to religious freedom and constitutional liberties. Prior to joining the council, he was a Charles Koch Institute Research Fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and managed a state Senate campaign in Missouri. Pruitt earned his Juris Doctor with a certificate in International and Comparative Law from St. Louis University School of Law. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.