Who exactly is behind the Phoenix-based “Americans for Responsible Leadership” (ARL) that just contributed $11 million to a California PAC that’s spending millions to pass the deceptive Prop. 32 and attack Prop. 30 and school funding?
We may never fully know, because the group that took the contribution (the deceptively named Small Business Action Committee) refuses to disclose any information about this mystery money. A spokeswoman for the Small Business Action Committee told the Sacramento Bee that she “didn’t know where Americans for Responsible Leadership got its money.”
These mystery donors are raising serious red flags with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Just yesterday, the FPPC demanded that the ARL disclose its donors immediately, or be subject to a lawsuit.
California voters deserve to know the truth. It’s unacceptable and unfair to voters when mystery groups like Americans for Responsible Leadership flood California’s elections with “dark money.” If these out-of-state donors have the right to spend unlimited amounts to influence our politics, voters ought to have the right to know who’s really behind the money.
It’s time for the Small Business Action Committee to come clean with California’s voters about who is funding their campaign.