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Arizona donation to California called 'money laundering'

SACRAMENTO — An Arizona nonprofit disclosed Monday that two conservative groups were behind its $11 million campaign contribution to a California organization fighting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, but the revelation shed little light on who provided the money since those groups don't have to report their contributors.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission, the state's political watchdog agency, termed the donation from Americans for Responsible Leadership the largest case of "campaign money laundering" in state history.

The commission can levy fines but can do nothing to stop any campaign spending the group might be part of, including any ads it may have helped to buy. Meanwhile, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said she would continue investigating to determine whether any laws were broken.

"This is not going to be over on Election Day," she said.

The $11 million donation came in the final weeks of the campaign and gave a boost to a group that is trying to thwart Brown's tax initiative and Proposition 32, which seeks to limit union influence in politics.


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