SACRAMENTO — A Friday decision by a California appeals court has made it increasingly unlikely that voters will know before election day who is behind a controversial $11-million campaign donation from an Arizona nonprofit group.
The court declined to order the group to turn over records to the state's campaign finance watchdog while a legal dispute over the audit continues.
California's Fair Political Practices Commission wanted records on Thursday so it could begin determining whether the nonprofit is improperly shielding its contributors' identities.
A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the nonprofit to comply with the audit. But the group filed an appeal Thursday that has delayed the process.