L.A. Now Live: Regulators crack down on secret campaign contributions


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Times reporter Chris Megerian will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss crackdowns by state regulators on organizations that seek to engage in political campaigns without revealing their financial backers.

As Megerian and staff writer Matea Gold reported, tax-exempt advocacy groups that played an aggressive role in this year’s election are coming under increasing scrutiny from state regulators.


The pressure in states with stringent campaign finance rules contrasts sharply with the federal level, where nonprofits that spent hundreds of millions of dollars to influence races this year have not been required to disclose their donors.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission forced an Arizona-based group to reveal the source of $11 million it gave for two ballot initiative campaigns. The funds were traced to a Virginia nonprofit that also does not reveal its donors. That hasn’t satisfied the commission, which has begun an investigation.