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AL governor signs law protecting nonprofit supporters

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt regarding Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s signing Monday of SB 59, a bill that protects the private information of individuals who support charities and other nonprofit organizations:

“Every American should be free to peacefully support causes they believe in without fear of harassment or intimidation. We have seen states irresponsibly mandate disclosures that endanger donors, foster a culture of doxing, and discourage charitable giving. SB 59 is an important step in guaranteeing privacy protections for Alabama donors, consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta and Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta, which affirmed that the First Amendment’s promise of ‘free association’ includes the right to privacy in financial giving. Everyone deserves a voice, not merely those able to weather abuse. We commend Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Legislature for taking a stand for the ability of individuals to privately support charities and other nonprofit organizations without unnecessary government interference.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Zack Pruitt

Zack Pruitt serves as senior counsel and federal government relations director at Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, he promotes ADF's policy and legislative work at the federal level on behalf of the broader ADF legislative advocacy team. As a principal strategist, Pruitt oversees the federal government relations team and provides legal counsel regarding ADF’s core issues to members and staff of the U.S. Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. In addition, he manages ADF’s state legislative efforts involving the freedom of speech. Prior to joining ADF, Pruitt served as senior policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity and director of public policy for the Family Action Council of Tennessee. Pruitt earned his Juris Doctor with a certificate in International and Comparative Law from St. Louis University School of Law. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is member of the state bar in Tennessee and the District of Columbia.