California Watchdog Sues For Names Of Arizona Dark Money Group’s Donors

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October 25, 2012 1:46 p.m.

California’s campaign finance watchdog filed a lawsuit on Thursday demanding the names of people who donated to a shadowy out-of-state group that recently pumped $11 million into elections there.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission filed the suit to determine whether the Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership is illegally hiding the names of its donors.

Documents show the group is run by five men, including former Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams. But because it is a nonprofit, the names of its donors have been kept secret. The group donated the money to support a California ballot measure that would restrict union dues and to oppose another ballot measure that would raise taxes.

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