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Following a report in the Sacramento Bee last week that the state's Latino Legislative Caucus had stopped disclosing donors to its nonprofit foundation two years ago, the group has released a list of donors responsible for a total of $50,000 in contributions it said had been given since December, the Bee reported today.

Among $5000 donors is San Diego's Sempra Energy, along with Southern California Edison, Multistates Associates, and the California Chamber of Commerce. $10,000 each was provided by the California Real Estate PAC, ConocoPhilips, and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.

"As it has become clear that other caucus foundations follow different disclosure practices in regard to their donors, as Chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus I believe that we should use the best practices of those caucuses and ensure full transparency regarding the Foundation's donors," Artesia Democratic assemblyman Tony Mendoza said in a statement reported by the Bee.

"I am in the process of advising all the members of the Latino Legislative Caucus that as we go forward the Foundation will practice full disclosure of its contributions."

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Visduh July 7, 2011 @ 8:24 p.m.

If they can buy some substantial influence with this group of pols for as little as $5K, then those pols can be bought for a song. Every now and again I come up hoping that some group of those we send to the legislature will not sell themselves. In this case, if they can be bought for as little as a $5K contribution, there's a price for everyone, and it isn't always high either.


milossd July 8, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.

Once again, any political group can be bought by lobbist. Time for the others to disclose as well. Good job to the Sac Bee.

More folks need to follow the $$ trail on how the elected officials vote....and the dots do connect.



monaghan July 13, 2011 @ 3:38 p.m.

Good for the honest Artesia Dem Assemblyman who urged full disclosure of Latino Caucus fundraising. Now let's get that guy an evening of gambling and dinner at the Pechanga Reservation Casino. (But wait, does the Pechanga Band even HAVE a casino? And how many Pechangas are in the Luisenos?)


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