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November 05, 2012

Top Calif. Court Tells Ariz. Nonprofit to Release Donor Records

Following a rare Sunday deliberation by telephone, California's Supreme Court unanimously ordered an Arizona nonprofit group to turn over documents related to its $11-million contribution to a California political committee, according to The Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times. Americans for Responsible Leadership said late Sunday night that it was attempting to comply with the order to submit records to California campaign-finance regulators, but in the meantime the organization sought a delay so it could appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The California judges denied the request for a stay.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission went to court last week to force the Arizona organization to disclose information before Tuesday's election about the source of funds it gave to a group campaigning against Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-increase proposal and for a ballot question on curbing unions' political spending.