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CA campaign reporting threshold could double

It could soon be harder to follow the money in California politics. A state lawmaker wants to double the reporting threshold for political campaigns in California — allowing major donors to contribute more money and campaigns to spend more money

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FPPC staff backs decreased disclosure 1

The Internet has made quick, easy disclosure of information the norm in news and social media. This has led reformers to call for a new era in campaign finance in which all political donations are disclosed in almost real time.

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Dems bail out Assemblyman Adam Gray’s re-election

When the FBI began its investigation last year into state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, one Central Valley Democratic lawmaker wasn’t surprised to get called in for questioning. “Obviously I wasn’t that surprised,” Asemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, a longtime aide to Calderon,

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Discrepancies found in Brown aides’ FPPC reporting

Several recent CalWatchdog.com stories about some of Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointees have looked at reports filed on conflicts of interest and financial disclosure. Specifically, Form 700 is a Statement of Economic Interests required of “designated” government employees, meaning the governor’s

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FPPC on ‘dark money’ witch hunt

Just in time for Halloween, the Fair Political Practices Commission completed a modern-day witch-hunt last week, looking for “dark money.” Ann Ravel, the outgoing chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, had accused libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch

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FPPC to announce settlement in Arizona donor case

The California Fair Political Practices Commission will announce today at noon they have  reached a settlement in the investigation into the mysterious $11-million donation from an Arizona nonprofit, during the 2012 California general election. FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel, a Democrat, is

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FPPC imposes regulation on political bloggers

The California Fair Political Practices Commission just ruled this week to require campaign committees to report to the State who they pay to post “favorable or unfavorable” content on blogs, social media or online videos, on their campaign finance statements. The

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Critics charge flap reveals Sac Bee’s pro-arena agenda

Critics have taken issue with the Sacramento Bee’s coverage of a Sacramento arena deal. Last Thursday, the Bee featured a story under the headline, “PAC pushes Sacramento arena vote but won’t say where it is getting money.” The story claimed that Taxpayers

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FPPC releases lobbying, campaign violations report 0

Dec. 14, 2012 By Katy Grimes After big election seasons, it’s always interesting to see what the campaign and lobbying violations were. However, rarely is this information timely. It’s even more interesting that this information is not publicized prior to

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Some bloggers still concerned about FPPC censorship 7

Sept. 18, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s chief political watchdog sent the blogosphere into a collective tizzy earlier this year. In April, Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, floated the idea that California become the first government

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