A challenge to the New York attorney general’s oversight of charitable organizations and their donors failed to convince the federal appellate court in Manhattan that First Amendment protections were being trod upon.

In a decision released Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of free speech violation claims by two arms of the Citizens United organization. The panel of Circuit Judges Jon Newman, Pierre Leval and  Rosemary Pooler found state regulations that required charitable organizations to hand over lists of donors had no chilling effect nor were the state regulations an unconstitutional prior restraint limiting the ability to raise funds.

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