Nikki Haley announces legal action against New York attorney general over donor leak
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Monday that she and her Stand for America policy advocacy nonprofit group would be taking legal action against New York Attorney General Letitia James after a leak of the 2019 donor list reportedly showed a stamp from the Democratic prosecutor’s office.
James messed with the “wrong girl,” Haley said in a segment on Fox News’s Jesse Watters Prime Time, which was anchored by Brian Kilmeade.
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“Any time there’s a conservative group that hits a nerve with the liberal side of things, they go after them and we’re saying, ‘No more,'” Haley said. “Conservatives have complained and whined for too long. I have said on your radio show multiple times, Republicans are too nice. No more, no more. We’re going to fight back. We’re going to fight back hard. And I hope everybody that’s watching right now will join [Stand For America] and fight back with us.”
The identity of the person responsible for the leaked Stand for America donor list was not released by the government watchdog Documented, which shared an unredacted Internal Revenue Service filing with Politico, which reported the existence of the stamp on the filing.
The list included the names of high-profile Republicans such as Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R-VA) wife Suzanne Youngkin, former Pennsylvania Senate candidate David McCormick, and Miriam and Sheldon Adelson. New Jersey health executive Vivek Garipalli and his mother, Lakshmi Garipalli, were the biggest donors, each giving $500,000, the news outlet reported. Even though they have a history of donating to Democratic candidates, the duo are close friends of Haley, per the report.
The team behind Haley, who has signaled a desire to run for president in 2024, attempted to block the leak before it was published, but an attorney for Politico argued that the information was in the public’s interest and therefore protected by the First Amendment. Although the IRS and nonprofit groups must make certain information available to the public, including the amounts of contributions to the group, the identities of the donors are not required.
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Haley, who served as the governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, established Stand for America in 2019, shortly after leaving the administration of former President Donald Trump. Its goal is to promote public policies that strengthen the U.S. economy, culture, and national security, the nonprofit group says on its website. A super PAC with the same name was established by Haley in 2021.
The Washington Examiner has reached out to Haley’s nonprofit group and James’s office for comment.