SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento County judge has signaled that she plans to approve a request from California's political watchdog agency to investigate the donors behind an $11 million campaign contribution from an Arizona nonprofit.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang said in a tentative ruling that voters would suffer "irreparable harm" if the California Fair Political Practices Commission is not allowed to investigate Americans for Responsible Leadership.
The group gave the $11 million earlier this month to the Small Business Action Committee PAC, which opposes Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and supports another that would restrict unions' ability to raise money for political purposes.
The ruling is likely to be finalized Wednesday, less than a week before Election Day. A spokesman for the Arizona group says it is likely to appeal.
The Associated Press