- March 2010
- Many Nonprofit Programs Hold Even or See Gains in Obama’s 2011 Budget
- Congress Passes Plan to Encourage Cash Donations for Haiti Relief
- Budget Plan Revives President’s Call for New Charitable-Deduction Limits
- Supreme Court Campaign-Finance Ruling Could Aid Nonprofit Advocates
- Obama’s $50-Million Fund to Spur Innovation Gets Underway
- Senate and House Pass Jobs Bills with Tax Credits for Non Profit Employers
- Fundraisers Challenging Utah’s Registration Requirements
- Notre Dame Gets First Property Tax Bill from Indiana County
- Court Rejects Texas Rules on Solicitation Disclosure
- States and Local Governments Considering Taxing Non Profits
- Arizona Takes Donor’s Gift
- MA Non Profits May Lose Out Following Madoff Case Ruling
- IRS Gives Haiti Special Disaster Status
- Recent Estate-Tax Changes Did not Make Big Difference to Charitable Gifts
- IRS Adjusts Levels for Nominal Value Premiums
- Postal Service May Increase Rates and Reduce Service
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Court Rejects Texas Rules on Solicitation Disclosure
A federal court has struck down key parts of a new Texas law that applied to companies that solicit and resell donations of clothing and other household items on behalf of charities. Under that law, companies that solicit or collect donations of goods for charities had to disclose the amount of money that goes to charities – and specify whether that sum was a set percentage of the proceeds or a flat fee.
Challenging the statute were the National Federation of the Blind of Texas and the Institute for Disability Access. These two charities retain professional resellers – companies that solicit goods and clothing and receive a fee based on volume. They argued there should be no distinction between professional resellers and professional fund raisers who solicit gifts.
The court agreed, ruling that the key provisions of this law were unconstitutional in part because they violate First Amendment free-speech rights.