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Updated Nov 5, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Arizona donation to Calif. called ‘money laundering’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An Arizona nonprofit has disclosed that two
conservative groups were behind its $11 million campaign contribution to a
California organization fighting Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative.

But the revelation shed little light on who provided the money since those
groups don’t have to report their contributors.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission termed the donation from
Americans for Responsible Leadership the largest case of “campaign money
laundering” in state history.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said she would continue investigating
to determine whether any laws were broken.

In a rare Sunday decision, the California Supreme Court unanimously ordered
Americans for Responsible Leadership to disclose who was behind the donation.
The group disclosed Monday that it received the money from two nonprofits with
ties to billionaire brothers Charles and David H. Koch.


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