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    FPPC says Arizona nonprofit laundered money to CA campaign

    November 5, 2012

    FPPC says Arizona nonprofit laundered money to CA campaign

    The state's campaign watchdog agency accused an Arizona nonprofit of "money laundering" to donate $11 million this month and announced that two other nonprofits - Americans for Job Security and The Center to Protect Patient Rights - routed the money.

    The Americans for Job Security is a nonprofit "business league" that does not have to disclose its donors. The group has run millions of dollars in ads against President Barack Obama.

    The Center to Protect Patient Rights also does not have to disclose its donors as a 501(c)4. The Center for Responsive Politics reported the group has spent millions of dollars attacking Democratic congressional candidates this year.

    The Fair Political Practices Commission said in a release this morning that Americans for Responsible Leadership "sent a letter declaring itself to be the intermediary and not the true source of the contribution."

    "Under California law, the failure to disclose this initially was campaign money laundering," FPPC wrote. "At $11 million, this is the largest contribution ever disclosed as campaign money laundering in California history."

    In a September interview with Bee columnist Dan Morain, Center to Protect Patient Rights president Sean Noble offered little explanation about where its money comes from.

    "Our goal is to promote freedom, and we support groups that do the same," said Noble, who once worked as chief of staff to an Arizona congressman and as a lobbyist opposing the federal health care overhaul. "It's very straightforward. There is nothing to expand upon."


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    Calif. accuses Ariz. group of laundering $11M donation

    Calif. accuses Ariz. group of laundering $11M donation

    Michael Winter, USA TODAY

    7:24PM EST November 5. 2012 - California's political watchdog on Monday accused a Republican-run Arizona group of money laundering after it admitted funneling an anonymous $11 million contribution from two other conservative organizations to influence the outcome of ballot initiatives.

    Under court order, Americans for Responsible Leadership, based in Phoenix, declared that it was not the "true source" of the donation to the Small Business Action Committee, a conservative group fighting Proposition 32, which would ban unions from using dues for political poses, and Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's temporary tax increase for education.

    The donation actually came from Americans for Job Security, a Republican group in Alexandria, Va. It passed the money through another Phoenix intermediary, the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which is run by a Republican operative who is a former GOP staffer connected to the billionaire Koch brothers.

    A Koch Industries spokeswoman said the company and the Koch brothers "have not provided any financial support" to pass Prop. 32 or to defeat Prop. 30, the Sacramento Bee reports.

    Monday's disclosure followed a unanimous ruling Sunday night by the California Supreme Court, which ordered Americans for Responsible Leadership to reveal its donor records. The Phoenix-based group made an emergency appeal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy but later abandoned review by the high court and agreed to reveal where it got the money.

    The nonprofit group's disclosure does not, however, identify individual donors. The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allows 501(c)(4) advocacy to keep the names of donors secret.

    Americans for Responsible Leadership says it "seeks to promote the general welfare by educating the public on concepts that advance government accountability, transparency, ethics, and related public policy issues."

    "This isn't going to stop here," Ann Ravel, the head of the Fair Political Practices Commission, told the Los Angeles Times. "They admitted to money laundering. We agreed to do this without an audit because we wanted to get information to the public before the election. But we in no way agreed this would preclude further action."

    Mother Jones provides this background on the groups involved in what it calls "a secret daisy chain of money":
    Here's what we know about Americans for Job Security and the Center to Protect Patient Rights. Founded in 1997, AJS is a nonprofit currently run by a little-known Republican operative named Stephen DeMaura. The group runs ads backing GOP candidates and does not disclose its donors. In 2008, staff attorneys at the Federal Election Commission found "reason to believe" that AJS violated the law by not registering as a political committee, but the FEC's three GOP commissioners blocked any action against the group.

    The Center to Protect Patient Rights, as first revealed by the Center for Responsive Politics, is an ATM for conservative nonprofit groups backing Republican candidates at the state and federal levels. The group doled out $44 million in 2010 to the likes of Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the Club for Growth, and Americans for Prosperity. Those recipients all went on to slam Democrats and boost GOPers in the 2010 elections.

    Who funds the Center to Protect Patient Rights is a mystery: As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the group does not name its donors. CPPR raked in $13.7 million in 2009, according to tax filings, but said in those same filings that it did not spend any money on fundraising in 2009.

    CPPR is said to have ties to billionaires Charles and David Koch and their network of conservative donors. Sean Noble, who runs the group, spoke at a 2010 Koch donor conference; Politico has called Noble a "Koch operative" and the Los Angeles Times described him as a "key operative in the Kochs' political activities." However, no direct connection between CPPR, the Kochs, or their donor network has been established.
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris said her office would review whether there were any criminal or civil violations.

    "Whether it's the Koch brothers or Karl Rove, this was a brazen attempt to launder money through out-of-state shell organizations, and for the sole purpose of hiding it from the voters in California," Harris told the Bee.

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    November 5, 2012

    California officials consider civil, criminal action in mystery donation case

    California regulators and attorneys said today they are seriously weighing next steps - including criminal charges - against parties involved in the $11 million contribution whose known trail leads through three different out-of-state nonprofits.

    A lawyer for Americans for Responsible Leadership, the Arizona-based donor at the center of the controversy, appeared to acknowledge the possibility of future legal action in a letter he filed this morning with the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

    Attorney Michael D. Bopp wrote that while new disclosures from Americans for Responsible Leadership and The Center to Protect Patient Rights may relate to state codes banning hidden intermediary contributions, the groups do not admit wrongdoing.

    "While these letters relate to Cal. Gov. Code § 84302 and 2 CA ADC § 18432.5, we want to make it clear that they have been sent pursuant to a settlement agreement with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and that neither ARL nor CPPR admit any wrongdoing or that the letters are required by applicable law," Bopp wrote. "Further, ARL and CPPR reserve the right to contest any further proceedings that relate to the contributions discussed in the aforementioned letters."

    Both FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel and state Attorney General Kamala Harris said today they are reviewing the matter to see whether further civil or criminal action is warranted. The state previously filed a lawsuit asking Americans for Responsible Leadership to submit records.

    "What this committee agreed it had done is a clear violation of the state's money laundering prohibition," said Ravel, a Gov. Jerry Brown appointee.

    Ravel said one civil penalty is that the recipient committee pay to the state general fund an amount equal to the contribution - in this case, $11 million. The party liable would be the Small Business Action Committee No on 30/Yes on 32.

    SBAC spokeswoman Beth Miller said her group never was told that Americans for Responsible Leadership received its $11 million by way of two other nonprofits. Failing to disclose that information to a recipient committee is a potential violation of California Government Code § 84302.

    SBAC immediately updated its campaign disclosure forms this morning to acknowledge contributions from The Center to Protect Patient Rights and Americans for Job Security.


    "SBAC PAC had no knowledge that the contribution was from an intermediary," Miller said in a written statement. "As it does with all its donors, upon accepting the donation from Americans for Responsible Leadership SBAC PAC sent a donor advice letter explaining the organization's filing responsibilities. When SBAC PAC was informed this morning by the FPPC it amended its disclosure reports immediately."
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    April 7, 2014


    Sean Noble talks about $1 million FPPC fine, ties to Kochs



    Sean Noble
    , the man who operated an Arizona nonprofit group that channeled millions of dollars in anonymous donations to two California ballot measures in 2012, said in a television interview Sunday that the investigation he faced by California's political watchdog was "a complete over-reach."


    In October, Noble's group, the Center to Protect Patient Rights, and another Arizona nonprofit agreed to pay California's Fair Political Practices Commission a $1 million fine for not properly reporting the source of their contributions to groups that were working to supportProposition 32 and oppose Proposition 30.

    Those measures sought, respectively, to weaken union influence and raise taxes.


    The fine set the record as the stiffest penalty the state has ever levied for a violation of campaign finance laws, and made national news as a rare case of regulators successfully shining more light on the practices that allow donors to shield their identities while giving big money to political campaigns.


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