Bill to increase campaign disclosure fails

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Updated: 3/17/2014 8:31 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the state Senate fell one vote short in their effort to force political nonprofit groups to reveal their donors this election season, a response to $15 million in anonymous contributions during the 2012 campaign.

Sen. Lou Correa's SB27 was one vote shy of the 27 needed Monday as two Democrats take leaves of absence to deal with their own political scandals.

Their leaves caused Democrats to fall below the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass the Anaheim Democrat's bill as urgency legislation that would take effect July 1. The bill stalled on a 26-4 vote, with Republicans opposed.

Some Republicans say they would support it if it were crafted to take effect in 2015.

The $15 million came to California from Arizona groups and led to the largest campaign reporting fine in state history.

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