Anonymous political speech has been essential to democratic discourse since the founding of our republic.
Ratification of the U.S. Constitution was primarily debated through a series of anonymous papers. Yet in recent years, anonymous political speech has been under attack by so-called “dark money” critics, who demand that government expose the identities of individuals, businesses, labor unions and nonprofits that spend money to participate in political dialogue.
Couched as “transparency” measures, “dark money” disclosure mandates are often used as excuses to silence disfavored speech.
Troublingly, disclosure mandates are sweeping the country in the form of vague and overbroad regulations reaching the activities of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations – groups that operate in nearly every sector and industry in the United States…