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Decision on Arizona group postponed until Thursday

October 24, 2012 |  3:39 pm

Don't touch that dial -- California's campaign finance watchdog won't decide until Thursday morning whether it will seek the identity of donors behind a controversial Arizona nonprofit.

The delay will allow the Arizona group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, to secure legal counsel in California, according to Ann Ravel, the chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission. So far the group has been represented by a prominent Republican law firm in Virginia.

The Arizona nonprofit made waves last week when it donated $11 million to the Small Business Action Committee, which is fighting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike campaign and pushing a ballot measure to curb union influence.

The committee says it has followed all the rules involving donor disclosure. But activists at Common Cause are pushing state authorities to unmask the donors.


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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento