On the first anniversary of the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill to punish groups that support or actively pursue the undermining of democratic elections.
Senate Bill 834 would allow the state's Franchise Tax Board to suspend or deny tax-exempt status for any nonprofit registered in or outside California that engages in such efforts.
"They're raising money on efforts to overthrow our democracy, and we don't need to give them tax-exempt status," Wiener told KQED.
Wiener notes that California is a donor-rich environment — not just for liberal Democrats, but also for Republicans and nonprofits supporting conservative or even extreme right-wing causes.
"There is a whole ecosystem of nonprofits that have promoted the Jan. 6th insurrection that have been profiting off of it," Wiener said.