April 30, 2013 |
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is resisting a push by activists and journalists for better disclosure of campaign finance data, arguing in essence that it would cost too much to comply. It's a surprising stance from Bowen, whose office has fought to make more information about donors available to California voters. It also strains credulity. At issue is a request by MapLight California, California Common Cause and 10 others, including this newspaper, for a downloadable version of the campaign finance data that the secretary of state collects.
July 28, 2010 |
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a vote on a bill that would force special interest groups to disclose their donors when purchasing political ads, defeating an effort to impose new campaign finance regulations before the November congressional election. As the Senate's 41 Republicans voted in unison to filibuster the bill, Democrats vowed to bring the legislation up again. "This fight will continue," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the bill's sponsor. The result had been expected, as Democratic leaders failed to round up the necessary 60 votes to move the bill forward, and came a day after President Obama spoke in favor of the bill from the White House Rose Garden.
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August 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The California Republican Party violated state campaign finance rules by failing to properly disclose its contributions last year to a campaign against newly drawn state Senate districts, the state's ethics agency has concluded. In all, the state GOP provided $1.9 million in contributions, in-kind services and loans to the group Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR), which qualified a ballot measure to overturn the new state Senate redistricting maps. After the Supreme Court found the maps were properly drawn, FAIR dropped its opposition to the redistricting plan.
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June 10, 2013 |
Two former state lawmakers have agreed to pay fines for violating campaign finance rules, according to documents released Monday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Former Assembly members Alberto Torrico (D-Newark) and Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) each agreed to pay $1,000 in fines to the FPPC for not reporting some campaign expenditures by the deadlines. Caballero, a member of Gov. Jerry Brown's cabinet, admitted her unsuccessful 2010 campaign for state Senate failed to properly report subvendor information for $825,335 in spending.
May 17, 2011 |
A recently formed outside money group is testing the limits of independent political spending, alarming campaign finance reform advocates. Indiana attorney James Bopp Jr., one of the lawyers who brought the watershed Citizens United case before the Supreme Court, registered the political action committee, the Republican Super PAC, with the Federal Election Commission last week. As an independent expenditure-only committee, the group can raise unlimited funds from individuals and corporations to advocate for or against candidates. These "super PACs" are banned from coordinating with candidates or parties.