"Albany, where even transparency is discussed in secret"


The New York Times reports on the New York State Ethics Commission's questionable handling of requests for exemption from a state law, now two years old, that forces non-profits that engage in lobbying to turn over names of donors.

The recent dust-up comes after the commission voted to provide an exemption to Naral Pro-Choice New York. The list of critics that decision has garnered includes the New York ACLU:

"People say nasty things about us or call us up all the time, and we can take that," said Arthur Eisenberg, the group’s legal director. "It’s the individual donors who shouldn’t need to take that, and the price of their association with us, and their participation in the First Amendment activity of lobbying, should not be at the cost of their feeling secure and free from threats and retaliation."

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