Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Arizona non-profit appeals ruling on $11 million donation, delays audit

The Arizona group that donated $11 million to a campaign involved with two propositions on California's ballot appealed a court order to comply with a state audit Thursday. 

The Fair Political Practices Commission, California’s elections watchdog, wants to know the source of the donation before election day. But the appeal makes that disclosure less likely.

Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership donated the money to a campaign against Prop 30, Governor Brown’s tax initiative, and in support of Prop 32, a ban on union payroll deductions for political contributions.  

The Arizona non-profit didn’t disclose who made the $11 million donation. The FPPC thinks the group may have violated California campaign finance disclosure laws

The FPPC has demanded to see all documents about the gift to determine if donors knew the money was earmarked for a specific campaign. If they knew, California law requires the donors' names be disclosed.

A Sacramento Superior Court Judge ordered Americans for Responsible Leadership to comply with the audit by 5 pm Thursday. Instead, the group appealed the decision to the 3rd District Court in Sacramento.  

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Congresswoman sends cease and desist letter to state Assembly candidate

Matthew Lin

Matthew Lin Campaign

Rep. Judy Chu sent a cease and desist letter Thursday to state Assembly candidate Matthew Lin. She believes he misled voters into thinking she endorsed him in the race.

A candidate for the state Assembly received a cease and desist letter Thursday from a Democratic congresswoman who accused the Republican of misleading voters into thinking he had received her endorsement.

Rep. Judy Chu’s letter identified three pieces of mail that she says incorrectly gave voters the impression that she endorsed Matthew Lin. In fact, Chu has endorsed fellow Democrat Edwin Chau in the race for the Assembly’s 49th District in the San Gabriel Valley.

“I demand that you immediately cease and desist from using my name, image and likeness, whatsoever, or even mentioning me or my elected Congressional Office in your campaign materials and demand that you issue an apology for the unauthorized use of my name and picture to be mailed out to every voter who has received this information from your campaign,” Chu wrote in her letter.

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Twitter asks 'What if Mitt Romney wins'?

GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Campaigns Day After Final Debate

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on October 23, 2012 in Morrison, Colorado. A day after the final Presidential debate, Mitt Romney is campaigning in Nevada and Colorado.

With the Associated Press and the TV networks starting to project states for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, voters on Twitter are starting to realize that this presidential race is closer than they may have expected.

Here are some samples of people speculating what they will do, or what things will look like if Gov. Romney wins the race:

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That's My Issue: Immigration

TMI Coco Liu, Immigration

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Coco Liu, a UCLA student, speaks to KPCC about immigration. She tells us her experience in seeing illegal immigrants struggle.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


If there is an issue I would be most interested in, in revamping, it would be immigration.  

I know people that are more involved in this issue, that are actually affected by it. It’s more closer to me, like I can actually see an effect. 

Basically, I’ve seen fears in people getting deported. Every single day, they can’t go to sleep without being constantly reminded by the fear that they are going to be deported, like anytime.


Let us know how a particular experience has affected your political opinions. Record it online, or drop us a note. Your piece could appear on WNYC and KPCC's websites, as well as on our air.  

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Do exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

election day

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A polling place in Glassell Park on June 5, 2012

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

So argues Stanford  University political scientist Gary Segura today in a piece on the Latino Decisions website; the polling firm, in which he is a principal, has been keeping tabs on the Latino voter climate in the runup to next week's election. 

Segura points to language as one problem that can affect exit poll tallies on election night, and how inaccuracies tend to prevail within smaller, geographically concentrated groups of ethnic voters. In addition, he writes the exit polls tend to over-represent people of color who are middle-class and better educated, and this also affects results. He points out some previous unusual exit poll numbers, for example, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer "attracting an above-average 28% share of Arizona’s Hispanic vote just months after signing SB1070 into law," according to the National Exit Poll from 2010.

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