Campaign Finance

State Officials Unhappy Over Anonymous Political Speech

You can't punish speakers if you don't know who they are


When an Arizona group called Americans for Responsible Leadership donated $11 million in mid-October to a California political action committee, it aroused the suspicion of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, which sought to determine the source of the group's money.

But even after the California Supreme Court ordered disclosure of the donors, the commission didn't get much of an answer.

Americans for Responsible Leadership reported that the $11 million had come from another Arizona group called the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which in turn had received the money from an organization based near Washington, D.C., called Americans for Job Security.