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December 21, 2012

Calif. Democrats Target Donor Secrecy in Nonprofit Politicking

Democratic legislators in California are pushing bills to prevent politically active nonprofit groups from shielding their contributors, the Los Angeles Times writes.

Legislation unveiled Thursday by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson would require groups that conduct campaign activity to identify anyone who gives at least $50,000 within six months of an election. On Wednesday, two state senators detailed a bill to mandate donor disclosure by any organization that gives $100,000 or more to a campaign in the state.

Nonprofit politicking became a contentious issue in California last month after an Arizona nonprofit poured $11-million into two state referendum campaigns shortly before the general election.