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ravel.jpgPresident Barack Obama will nominate Ann Ravel, the combative chairwoman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, to the Federal Election Commission, the White House announced Friday.

Ravel gained prominence during California's initiative campaigns last year, waging a legal battle to identify the source of an $11 million donation from a secretive Arizona group. That entity donated money to a committee opposing Gov. Jerry Brown's measure to raise taxes and supporting a controversial campaign finance measure.

The full-time, six-member Federal Election Commission administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act. Ravel's appointment requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Ravel has experience in Washington, D.C. She was working as a U.S. Justice Department official when Brown appointed her chairwoman of the FPPC in 2011.

Ravel declined to comment about her nomination.

PHOTO: Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, in her office in December 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Renée C. Byer



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