A California court case shows how hard it is to find out who bankrolls political activity. California law prohibits anonymous spending on ballot measures, so a state commission sued to find out who gave $11 million to a group opposing an initiative to increase taxes on the wealthy and supporting an anti-union measure. It turns out the money came from an Arizona group. And where did it get that money? From the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which is run by Sean Noble, an associate of the Koch brothers. But this group got the money from another group, Americans for Job Security. The commission has yet to find out where this group got the money. “If you’re keeping score at home,” Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson wrote, “that’s four levels of concealment.”
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