"Unlawful Scheme" or Simple History?

Effort to repeal gay history law prompts complaint

Monday, Oct 3, 2011  |  Updated 6:19 PM PDT
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"Unlawful Scheme" or Simple History?

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California's largest gay rights group is accusing the backers of a ballot measure that would repeal a law requiring gay history to be taught in public schools of deliberately hiding the size and source of their campaign contributions.

Equality California filed a complaint with the Fair Political practices Commission on Monday alleging that two conservative groups behind the Stop SB 48 campaign "may have engaged in an unlawful scheme'' to violate campaign reporting rules.

Executive Director Roland Palencia says Capitol Resource Institute and Pacific Justice Institute should have registered as campaign committees because they are raising and spending money to qualify the repeal for the June ballot.

Capitol Resource Institute Executive Director Karen England says Palencia is wrong. She says a new committee formed to report fundraising activity hasn't yet met the $5,000 per donor threshold that would have triggered a mandatory filing.
 

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