California campaign finance bill sent to governor

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Updated: 3/10/2014 7:01 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill designed to strengthen California's campaign finance standards in response to a recent case that prompted the largest campaign reporting fine in state history.

AB800 passed the Assembly on Monday over opposition by Republicans. They objected to a provision that gives the state Fair Political Practices Commission the authority to audit campaign funds before elections.

Several Republicans say the bill could affect elections before targeted candidates have a chance to defend themselves.

Assemblyman Richard Gordon, a Democrat from Menlo Park who carried the bill, says the bill will give voters confidence that elections are conducted fairly.

The measure responds to $15 million in anonymous donations that were funneled into two 2012 initiative campaigns.

It received final approval on a 54-19 vote.

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