Ariz. Donation to Calif. Called 'Money Laundering'

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's political watchdog agency is charging that an $11 million campaign contribution represents the largest case of campaign "money laundering" in state history.

The contribution was from an Arizona nonprofit that gave money to a group fighting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative.

The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that Americans for Responsible Leadership must turn over its records.

ARL received the $11 million from a group called Americans for Job Security through a second intermediary, the Center to Protect Patient Rights. Neither is legally required to disclose the source of their funds.

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that Americans for Job Security's president, Sean Nobel, is also a political operative for the billionaire brothers Charles and David H. Koch. Nobel did not immediately return messages.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said the Arizona group's admission of the source of its funds, though opaque, is a first step.

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