Senate approves nonprofit campaign disclosure bill

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Updated: 5/08/2014 1:41 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved a bill that would force political nonprofits to reveal their donors.

SB27 by Democratic Sen. Lou Correa of Anaheim passed the Senate on Thursday after it was amended to limit disclosure to donations made after July 1. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill responds to $15 million of anonymous contributions that were funneled through conservative nonprofits before the 2012 general election. The amended bill passed 28-7, with four Republicans in support.

An initial version fell one vote short of the supermajority it needed in March, when Republicans objected that it would reveal donors retroactively.

The bill requires tax-exempt nonprofits involved in politics to report their donors and campaign committees that raise more than $1 million to list their top 10 contributors.

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