Vice President Kamala Harris is doing a terrible job, but her legacy in other positions is even worse. One of her abysmal proposals from long ago didn’t survive a challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court struck down a Harris-era proposal that would have compelled non-profits to disclose their donors, Breitbart reported. Conservatives challenged the measure on grounds that it could be used as a political tool to out their donors.
Harris was Attorney General in 2013 and requested the conservative group Americans For Prosperity Foundation disclose its Schedule B form. This form includes the names and addresses of the non-profit’s largest donors, and AFP declined on the grounds it violated its First Amendment rights.
Both of Harris’s successors, Xavier Becerra and Matthew Rodriguez, also dogged AFP for its list under the guise of protecting charities from fraud. The issue was brought to a lower court which ruled in AFP’s favor only to be overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The Supreme Court had the final say Thursday and ruled 6-3 in favor of AFP with the decision splitting predictably among the majority conservative appointees. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion.
“The government may regulate in the First Amendment area only with narrow specificity, and compelled disclosure regimes are no exception,” Roberts wrote. “When it comes to a person’s beliefs and associations, broad and sweeping state inquiries into these protected areas discourage citizens from exercising rights protected by the Constitution.”
This challenge to one of Harris’s policies underscores her awful legacy. There were many questionable convictions from her time as top prosecutor, according to the Washington Examiner. As Attorney General of California, Harris withheld information in the case against George Gage whom the courts found was wrongly serving a 70-year sentence for a child rape conviction.
George Gage is an 80 year old innocent #ADOS man who sits in prison because of @kamalaharris‘s avoidance and refusal to dismiss this case after it was found the prosecutor suppressed evidence. #ADOSPolitics https://t.co/JRIZjy2urL
— 🥀Angelika (@honeydelasoul) August 1, 2019
Harris clearly lacks scruples, so AFP’s contention that she would use the information for political purposes seems reasonable. Although we’re stuck with her as vice president, this latest Supreme Court decision destroys another Harris disaster and reaffirms First Amendment protections.