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A newly enacted New Jersey law intended to shed light on “dark money” campaign contributions has been challenged in a First Amendment suit by a group funded by conservative activists David and Charles Koch.

The suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by Americans for Prosperity of Arlington, Virginia, seeks a declaration that the measure known as S-150 violates the First Amendment on its face and as applied.

Signed into law by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on June 17, it imposes disclosure requirements on independent expenditure committees, which are defined as 501(c)(4) or 527 organizations that raise or spend an aggregate of at least $3,000 annually on influencing elections, or legislation or providing what the bill calls “political information,” defined in the law as including any statement made through any medium that reflects the organization’s opinions, or that contains facts on any candidate or public question, legislation or regulation.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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