New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a conservative group based in Monroe County, blasted today’s decision by New York’s ethics committee to change its disclosure rules.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics today voted to change its regulations to require lobbying groups to disclose that they are seeking an exemption from having their donors made public.
Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said it appears JCOPE’s decision was made in haste and unfairly. The pro-choice group, NARAL, already got an exemption under previous rules.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is also seeking an exemption from revealing its donors.
“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is disappointed at the regulatory amendments made by JCOPE earlier today. First of all, JCOPE appears to have amended its regulations without seeking any public input on those amendments. This is unacceptable,” McGuire said.
He said the new disclosures could jeopardize the safety of donors, saying, “While we support efforts to promote transparency in governmental affairs, we also believe that a reasonable probability of harm to an organization’s donors is sufficient cause to exempt those donors from disclosure.”
As for NARAL, McGuire said, “Every nonprofit organization that applies for an exemption from donor disclosure requirements should be evaluated using the same procedure and standards.”