Task force reviews California campaign finance law

SACRAMENTO — A panel established by California's campaign watchdog agency has begun reviewing the state's law governing political donations and lobbying activity.

The 25-member task force met Monday to discuss the 36-year-old Political Reform Act.

Dan Schnur, executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission, says the law is outdated and needs to be overhauled.

The task force has been charged with drafting recommendations by the end of the year. Any changes must be approved by the Legislature.

Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appointed Schnur in June, says he endorses the commission's work and is calling for more transparency in politics.

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