“Disclosure of ballot campaign donors sought”

The LA Times offers this report, which begins: “Backers of two campaigns to change California law are crying foul over donations to their opponents made through nonprofit groups that can hide the origin of the money. In their separate protests, organizers of ballot measures to change term limits and restrict governments’ use of eminent domain have highlighted a growing trend: the use of tax-exempt entities to finance political campaigns in a way that withholds from voters the identities of financial backers. In response, a coalition that includes the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. has proposed an initiative to prohibit some nonprofits from contributing. And the watchdog group California Common Cause has asked the state Fair Political Practices Commission to consider new regulations.”

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