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September 06, 2013

Calif. Nonprofits Say Dark-Money Disclosure Bill Goes Too Far

Nonprofits in California are raising concerns over one of a slate of proposals to regulate politicking by tax-exempt interest groups more closely, saying it could backfire and ensnare small, legitimate organizations, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The bill would introduce a new form on which groups that spend more than $50,000 in a given election cycle must list their donors. Phillip Ung of the California branch of campaign watchdog Common Cause said the measure would add costly, redundant, and time-consuming paperwork for groups that already comply with disclosure requirements.

"It would be a headache for them," Mr. Ung said. "There are times when people overstep their ambition on these issues and they step on the little guys who are just trying to follow the rules."

The measure is one of several backed by California's Fair Political Practices Commission in the wake of a controversy last year over difficult-to-track spending on state campaigns by out-of-state interest groups.