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— New York's ethics board is declining to shield the financial reports of four advocacy groups that say public disclosure of their financial backers is likely to result in threats or even harm.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics has rejected the requests of Family Planning Advocates, New York Women's Equality Coalition, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Board members opposed to exemptions cite greater commission emphasis on disclosure of lobbying information.

Separately, the panel has scaled back the disclosure exemption it granted last year to NARAL Pro-Choice NY. That's now scheduled to expire July 15.

The commission can withhold records of contributors to lobbying groups that can show its donors could be in danger.

Three board members favored shielding three of the groups' reports.

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