The state's campaign watchdog agency expects to reveal today the names of donors behind an obscure Arizona nonprofit's $11 million contribution after the group reversed course and dropped its last-minute request with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Twenty-three hours before polls open Tuesday, the Fair Political Practices Commission expects to receive the donor names at 8 a.m. today, said FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel. She said the agency will make those names public.
Americans for Responsible Leadership agreed to turn over the names without submitting transaction records as the group faced a Sunday demand for information from the California Supreme Court. The FPPC asked the state's high court to force ARL to submit documents that would help determine whether the group violated campaign disclosure rules.
"The voters of California have achieved an important right to know who is funding politics in our state," Ravel said in an e-mail. "The hard work and persistence of the FPPC for transparency will not stop."
ARL said late Sunday it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block the California order, but the group withdrew its request early today. Ravel, a Gov. Jerry Brown appointee, said the FPPC still intends to investigate whether the group violated state rules.
The nonprofit donated last month toward a business committee opposing Brown's tax initiative, Proposition 30, and supporting a measure restricting union dues collection, Proposition 32. ARL attorneys argued that the FPPC was targeting the group because it opposed the governor's initiative.