campaign finance http://kvpr.org en Campaign Finance Fight Could Shape 'Dark Money's' Future In California http://kvpr.org/post/campaign-finance-fight-could-shape-dark-moneys-future-california <p>California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is trying to collect $15 million in penalties from two political action committees that accepted “dark money” contributions last year.&nbsp; The PACs won’t pay, saying they’ve done nothing wrong.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento that in this dispute, there’s a lot at stake.</p><p>The illegal donations last fall paid for ads like this from the Small Business Action Committee:</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:59:09 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 23925 at http://kvpr.org Campaign Finance Fight Could Shape 'Dark Money's' Future In California Non-Profit Political Groups Must Pay California's Largest Election Rules Fine http://kvpr.org/post/non-profit-political-groups-must-pay-californias-largest-election-rules-fine <p>Two Arizona-based non-profits must pay&nbsp;California’s&nbsp;largest ever election rules violation penalty. The Fair Political Practices Commission accused them of failing to reveal the donors of an $11 million contribution last year.</p><p>Ann Ravel is Chair of the FPPC. She says elections must be transparent to be fair.</p><p>“It’s very important that the true donors to campaigns be disclosed. The law requires it and it’s important to the public,” says Ravel.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:03:46 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 23524 at http://kvpr.org Non-Profit Political Groups Must Pay California's Largest Election Rules Fine Proposition 32: Union and Corporate Political Donations http://kvpr.org/post/proposition-32-union-and-corporate-political-donations <p>Proposition 32 would ban direct campaign contributions from unions and corporations, and ban automatic paycheck deductions for political purposes. But rarely do two competing sides disagree so sharply about a measure’s impact.</p><p>Supporters say it would level California’s political playing field by clamping down on special interest money. John Kabateck is with the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business advocacy group.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 22:26:35 +0000 Ben Adler 5203 at http://kvpr.org