Posted 6 months ago on Oct. 29, 2012, 5:22 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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A political group tied to a handful of mostly small-time Arizona Republicans has made a splash in California, by dropping $11 million into the fight over a pair of ballot initiatives in the Golden State.
The Arizona group, called Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL), is registered as a 501(c)4 “social welfare” organization, which allows it to keep its donors secret. That, along with the $11 million donation it made on October 15 to a California group called the Small Business Action Committee, has attracted attention and criticism from California Democrats and progressive groups.
“Eleven million dollars doesn’t just drop out of the sky — this doesn’t pass the laugh test that suddenly this level of money appears in California from an organization with no track record here, without the knowledge of the donors who put that money into the organization,” Derek Cressman, Common Cause’s regional director, told The Bay Area News Group last week