Court: Iowa can demand disclosure, bar corporate $

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An appeals court is upholding an Iowa rule requiring outside groups to promptly disclose information about their spending to support or oppose candidates for office.

In its ruling Thursday in a lawsuit brought by Iowa Right to Life, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld Iowa’s law that bars corporations from giving money directly to political campaigns.

The three-judge panel says it’s constitutional to require groups that spend $750 for or against candidates to file disclosure reports within 48 hours. The panel says disclosing information about how much is being spent and for what purposes helps keep voters informed.

But the court struck down requirements that such groups file additional reports up to four times per year detailing their fundraising, saying they are burdensome and chill free speech.

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