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November 2, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — The Arizona nonprofit at the center of a controversy over secret campaign donors Thursday appealed a judge's order to turn over records to California's campaign finance watchdog. The Fair Political Practices Commission is seeking the records to determine whether the nonprofit is improperly shielding the identities of its contributors. The nonprofit, Americans for Responsible Leadership, gave $11 million to fight Gov. Jerry Brown's tax hike plan and support a separate measure to curb unions' political influence.
November 1, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A state judge Wednesday ordered an Arizona nonprofit to hand over a wide range of records involving its $11-million donation to California political campaigns, a victory for the state's campaign finance watchdog. California's Fair Political Practices Commission is trying to unmask the donors behind the Arizona group. The case is being watched as a test of state regulations intended to prevent campaign contributors from anonymously routing money through nonprofits. "This is a moment of truth for our campaign disclosure laws," said Derek Cressman of Common Cause, an activist group that filed a complaint against the Arizona organization.
October 25, 2012 | By Robert C. Bordone and Heather Scheiwe Kulp
Reading the newspapers recently, we've been struck by how similar the presidential debate commentary has been to commentary about "Monday Night Football. " After the matchups in this year's "debate season," political pundits criticized President Obama's "prevent defense" and "two-yard runs down the middle. " They talked about how Mitt Romney "spiked the football. " And football wasn't the only sports metaphor invoked in the coverage. On Tuesday, "CBS This Morning's" ticker about the previous night's debate read "Final Face-Off," while ABC's "Good Morning America" heralded the "Final Debate Duel.
October 20, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The wealthy conservatives behind a November ballot measure that would constrain organized labor's ability to raise political money say their initiative, Proposition 32, would help change the balance of power in California's Democrat-dominated Capitol. But the experiences of some states that have passed similar measures suggest that's not always the case. Union opponents have scored their biggest victories in "right-to-work" states, where labor is typically weaker than in California because workers are not required to become members or pay union fees.
October 19, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - An $11-million donation to a California campaign fund could become a test of whether secret political donors can be forced to reveal themselves. Seizing on a new state regulation, activists have asked authorities to unmask those behind the large donation, made this week by an Arizona nonprofit to a conservative group campaigning on two California ballot measures. Implemented in May, the regulation requires that campaign donors moving money through such nonprofits be identified.
October 9, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
DES MOINES -- Mitt Romney's spokesman rejected as "a bunch of nonsense" a Politico story that said chief strategist Stuart Stevens has scaled back his campaign duties after what the publication described as a "family intervention" in which Ann Romney and her son Tagg urged the Republican presidential candidate to pursue a different course. "It doesn't make any sense to any of us who are on the campaign," Romney spokesman Kevin Madden told reporters traveling on the campaign plane from Virginia to Iowa on Tuesday.
September 26, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Voters in Virginia are the latest to get a taste of an increasingly popular type of political attack: the anonymous text message. "Tim Kaine calls for radical new tax on all Americans," reads a text message attacking the Democratic candidate in the hotly contested Virginia Senate race. Aside from being false -- Politifact recently debunked a similar claim by Kaine's Republican opponent, George Allen -- the message came from an email address that used portions of Kaine's name, giving the appearance that the message might have come from Kaine himself.
September 25, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
NEW YORK -- Mitt Romney said Tuesday that teachers unions should not be allowed to contribute to political campaigns, because their financial backing tips the negotiation process away from the interests of students. “We simply can't have a setting where the teachers unions are able to contribute tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians and then those politicians, when elected, stand across from them at the bargaining table, supposedly to represent the interest of the kids.
September 20, 2012 | By Doyle McManus
Two weeks ago, when I was at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., my wife called with a request. Three high school students from Italy were visiting, and they were fascinated by the presidential campaign; could I pick up some buttons or bumper stickers? So I wandered across the convention center to the Obama-Biden Campaign Store and picked up an assortment of buttons. The bill came to $19.50. When the cashier asked for my name and address, I figured I was going on somebody's mailing list.
September 18, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
If it were legal, I'd suggest political campaigns stop handing out position papers and instead hand out free movie tickets to see "The Campaign. " The movie, which I saw last weekend instead of the latest "Resident Evil" film (as if), stars Zach Galifianakis as the marshmallow-spined schlub plucked from obscurity to run as a Republican against the Democratic incumbent, played by Will Ferrell, a John Edwards empty suit with a full head of hair. This is not a Swiftian heir to films like "Bulworth," "The Candidate," "Election" or event the kinder, gentler "Swing Vote.
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