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Senate GOP Bill Seeks to Protect Anonymous Nonprofit Donors

The move comes as House Ways and Means Republicans seek to increase scrutiny of foreign donations to tax-exempt nonprofits.

Photo: Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., is seen in the Capitol before Senate votes on April 23. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) 

 

Republican Sens. Todd Young of Indiana and James Lankford of Oklahoma will introduce a bill Tuesday that would increase penalties for revealing anonymous donor information from no more than $5,000 to at least $10,000 and up to $250,000. The move comes as House Ways and Means Republicans seek to increase scrutiny of foreign donations to tax-exempt nonprofits.

“Anonymous giving has long been a way for Americans to support philanthropic organizations that rely on generous charitable contributions. In recent years, donor privacy has been threatened on too many occasions,” Young said in a statement. “This legislation will address the disclosure of donor data to better protect both charitable organizations and their donors.”

The legislation also would allow the leak to be prosecuted in the jurisdiction where the affected donor lives. 

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