If you need any evidence the left thinks it’s going to be in power for a long time to come, you have only to look at how California Attorney General Kamala Harris has turned her office into a government-sponsored effort to crack down on political enemies.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Harris’ latest gambit has been decisively rejected by Federal District Court Judge Manuel Real.
Harris’ goal was to stifle free speech by demanding the confidential donor list of the conservative Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
Releasing this confidential list, that California state law does not require be released, would subject donors to pressure and potential commercial retaliation and job loss.
Just ask the contributors to Proposition 8 who lost their jobs after those “confidential” names were leaked.
Real ruled AFP “has proven that disclosing its Schedule B to the Attorney General would create a burden on its First Amendment rights.”
Schedule B is a donor list the non–profits must turn over to the IRS, and the IRS is in turn forbidden to disclose the names.
Harris wants the list. AFP has raised money in California since 2001 without any problems. Then in 2013, under the Harris’ regime, turning the list over to the attorney general's office suddenly became mandatory, because Harris said so.
The blatant political nature of the demand becomes obvious when you track Harris’ promises of confidentiality with the reality of her office.
Real found, “All told, AFP identified 1,778 confidential Schedule Bs that the Attorney General had publicly posted on the Registry’s website, including 38 which were discovered the day before this trial.
“The pervasive, recurring pattern of uncontained Schedule B disclosures — a pattern that has persisted even during this trial — is irreconcilable with the Attorney General’s assurances and contentions as to the confidentiality of Schedule Bs collected by the Registry.”
In other words, Harris is lying and the list will be public.
Harris is such a hypocrite. She refuses to extend political protection the left demanded in years past. In a 1958 case the Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s demand for the names on the NAACP donor list violated the 1st Amendment.
As far as Harris is concerned those protections don’t extend to conservatives.
The actions of Harris and other members of the left who politicize the legal profession and use regulations to punish political opponents are a headlong rush down a dangerous road.
If one looks far enough, just beyond the last bend, a figure with a remarkable resemblance to Vladimir Putin is gazing our way.