The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that they will hear the consolidated case, which initially started as Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra and Americans for Prosperity v. Becerra. When the events occurred, Kamala Harris worked for the California Assistant General, but she left the office when she became a senator.
Should Donor List Be Turned Over to State Officials?
At the crux of the case is whether documents should be turned into the Assistant General’s office showing organizations’ donors. According to California law, over 60,000 organizations had to furnish their list, called a Schedule B, to the state. The Thomas More Center refused to provide the list. In district court, The Thomas More Law Center argued that the center was not under state investigation. The center had never had a complaint filed against it, and that investigators did not use the form when they did their investigations.
Case Overturned by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
In the district court, The Thomas More Law Center argued that Harris and other investigators wanted the list so that they could harass the donors, which the center had sworn to keep private. The district court said that the center was right, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the center.
Thomas More Law Center Contends
The case ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court with the center arguing that the Attorney General’s office did not need the information to be submitted to them that they could easily obtain through an audit or a subpoena. The law center also contends that the state rarely uses the information when provided. Finally, they argue that the Attorney General’s office has an abysmal track record of keeping information confidential.
The Supreme Court is likely to hear arguments in March and announce their findings before adjourning in June.