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Mysterious $11 Million Campaign Contribution Prompts Emergency Action By California Supreme Court

Questions about who is behind the large contribution forced the high court to step in before Election Day.

Sunday the California Supreme Court stepped in by telephone regarding a state investigation of an $11 million donation made to a California political action committee that is backing the No on Proposition 30 and Yes on Proposition 32 campaigns.

Acting on an emergency petition filed late Friday by the Fair Political Practices Commission, Sunday the California Supreme Court unanimously ordered Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership to provide information to the FPPC about the $11 million campaign contribution it made less than three weeks ago to the California-based Small Business Action Committee PAC -- No on 30/Yes on 32, according to Cathal Conneely, supervising communications specialist for the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts.

The FPPC is trying to determine who is behind the Arizona corporation and whether it complied with the Fair Political Practices Act by disclosing the identities of its donors and other information prior to the Tuesday election.

The high court took the case after the Court of Appeal, Third District, denied on Nov. 2 the FPPC’s emergency petition that followed an Oct. 31 ruling by a Sacramento lower court blocking the FPPC from continuing its investigation pending an appeal from Americans for Responsible Leadership.

The state Supreme Court’s order in the case (Fair Political Practices Commission v. Americans for Responsible Leadership), filed Sunday at 3 p.m. following a telephone conference by the justices, directed Americans for Responsible Leadership to comply with the FPPC’s investigation, Conneely said. Americans for Responsible Leadership subsequently asked for a stay in the case but the high court denied the request.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30 asks California voters if they are willing to incur a quarter-cent, or 3 percent, increase in sales taxes on all transactions and elevated personal state income tax rates for residents earning more than $250,000 a year.

Prop. 30 proponents contend passage of the measure is imperative because money is needed to help close California's $16 billion deficit and maintain the current level of funding for public school education and the University of California system. Without the hikes, proponents say nearly $6 billion in education cuts and other state programs will be necessary.

Bill Cavanaugh, president of the Lake Elsinore Teacher Association, has rallied in support of Prop. 30 and some Lake Elsinore Unified School District officials have expressed budget concerns if the governor’s initiative fails on Election Day. 

Supervisors Jeff Stone, Marion Ashley and John Tavaglione voted last month to denounce Prop. 30; supervisors John Benoit and Bob Buster abstained from taking a stand. Buster represents Lake Elsinore and Wildomar and is seeking reelection; Stone represents Murrieta and Temecula.

The California State University Board of Trustees and the University of California Board of Regents have endorsed Prop. 30.

Prop. 30 opponents argue the initiative will drastically increase taxes if passed by voters Tuesday.

Prop. 32 prohibits unions, corporations or government contractors from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. It also prohibits union and corporate contributions to candidates and their committees, and it prohibits government contractor contributions to elected officers or their committees.

 

 

 

 

snoopy November 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
IF YOU ARE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR OBAMA THE HAMMER IS COMING DOWN, YOU WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THIS COUNTRY AFTER FOUR MORE YEARS OF OBAMA. HE WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE THE DEBT AND DESTROY OUR COUNTRY HE IS ANTI AMERICAN, HE ONLY WANTS TO REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH. HE WILL SHUT DOWN HUNDREDS MORE COAL PLANTS AS SOON AS HE IS RE ELECTED. HE WILL COME AFTER THE INTERNET, AND HE WILL NOT STOP. VALERIE JARRETT BELIEVES IN A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT ALONG WITH OBAMA. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY IF OBAMA IS ELECTED. GAS WILL EVENTUALLY BE 11 BUCKS A GALLON.
jill smith November 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
wow snoopy did you put a vivarin and a red bull in your coffee today. Obama's energy secretary wants gas to go up to 9$ a gallon like it is in Europe those are his words. obama is surrounded by socialist radicals, very scary if he wins
Roberto November 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Word is Snoop Dogg Webless isn't on viviran or Red Bull. He had a sleeping problem because he kept rolling out of bed. He's now on viagra and the little kick stand keeps him from rolling out of bed and now has more time time for destroying political signs.
Antonio November 07, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Watching CNBC and PBS and yes looks like President Obama will win and also a bunch of Democratic Senators (MacCassgil - Missouri, Elizabeth Warrent-Massachusets, Donnely- Indiana, Criss Murphy - Connecticut, etc.). Remember Elizabeth Warren she was Obams nomimee to the Consumber Financial Protection Agency but she was too effective and the Republicans (representing Banks and Corporations) blocked her. The smart folks know who is watching out for them. Perhaps Jill you can advance your education level and work on your distorted views and join the mainstream in advancing our society instead of embracing the Republican "Party of No."
Antonio November 07, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Snoopy all I can say is you need to up your game by becoming more knowledgeable about the issues. Where do you get your info? Education can set you free. Try it. Take a college course in political science and/or sociology, etc. You make such fatalistic and extreme statements with such certainty. After almost 4 years we are finally recovering from the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s due to GW Bush's decisions.

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