MEDIA ALERT: Trail of dark money ($11M) from Arizona nonprofit to CA ballot propositions revealed
MEDIA ALERT: Americans for Responsible Leadership, the Arizona 501(c)(4) corporation that made an anonymous $11 million donation to California's No on 30 (Brown Budget) / Yes on 32 (Prohibits political contributions by payroll deduction), revealed in a letter today to the CA Fair Political Practices Commission as an intermediary and not the true source of the contribution. "It identified the true source of the contribution as Americans for Job Security, through a second intermediary, The Center to Protect Patient Rights."
"Lawlessness has won," said Daniel G. Newman, MapLight's co-founder and president. "Despite the outstanding work of Ann Ravel and the Fair Political Practices Commission, Americans for Responsible Leadership has succeeded in hiding the true source of their $11 million ballot measure contribution until one day before the election. With laws at stake that could affect all Californians for decades, merely fining these brazen outlaws is not enough. They should serve jail time for subverting California's election process. We need strong criminal laws to make sure that future violators are held responsible."
Daniel G. Newman, MapLight's co-founder and president, is available immediately for interviews.
MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that tracks money's influence on politics.
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A link to this media alert can be found here.
A link to the Fair Political Practices Commission press release below can be found here.
Press Release from Fair Political Practices Commission
Americans for Responsible Leadership Admits Campaign Money Laundering, Discloses $11 Million Donor
[11/5]Sacramento – Americans for Responsible Leadership, the Arizona non-profit corporation that made an anonymous $11 million donation to a California campaign committee, today sent a letter declaring itself to be the intermediary and not the true source of the contribution. It identified the true source of the contribution as Americans for Job Security, through a second intermediary, The Center to Protect Patient Rights. Under California law, the failure to disclose this initially was campaign money laundering. At $11 million, this is the largest contribution ever disclosed as campaign money laundering in California history.
“The persistence and hard work of the FPPC has won a significant and lasting victory for transparency in the political process,” said Ann Ravel, Chair of the FPPC. “We will continue in this matter and all others to ensure that the people of California know who is funding political activity in this State.”
California’s Political Reform Act requires disclosure to the people of California of the true source of campaign donations. This information is required in most cases before the election, when it matters. The Act requires those who serve as intermediaries, or middlemen, for contributions to disclose their true source to the recipient of the contribution.
“This case also demonstrates the need for reform to make sure true donors are disclosed and can’t hide behind innocuous committee names,” said Ravel. “The people of California deserve better.”
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