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Bid to hide political donors fails

Two political advocacy groups are considering a legal appeal after a New York state ethics board rejected their request to shield major donors from public disclosure.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Family Planning Advocates had asked the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to allow them to withhold the names of the donors because they said identifying them could put them at risk of harrassment. The commission rejected the request on Tuesday, saying they had not shown valid justification for the exemption.

Both groups are now considering an appeal before a judicial hearing officer. The NYCLU says it’s confident they would win.

Last year the commission rejected similar requests to withhold donors on earlier financial disclosures. The decision was reversed on appeal.