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Citizens United to sue over donor information

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Eric SchneidermanThe conservative group Citizens United says it is suing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over his interpretation of how much information the organization is legally obliged to disclose about its donors.

Citizens United President David Bossie said the legal challenge would be filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court and would be on behalf of the group and an affiliate, the Citizens United Foundation.

Citizens United was the plaintiff in the landmark 2010 Supreme Court case that permitted unlimited independent corporate and union spending on elections.

At issue in the latest case is Schneiderman’s reading of a regulation adopted in 2006 that required donor disclosures for certain nonprofits. Bossie’s groups argue Schneiderman is overreaching on a law that applies to non-political groups.

The court filing will argue that Schneiderman’s interpretation infringes on the conservative group’s First Amendment rights, as well as violating New York State laws.

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