According to press reports, the legal fight between the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL), an Arizona-based 501(c)(4), appears to have drawn to a close.  ARL apparently has dropped its bid to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  And instead of producing documents to the FPPC for an audit,

At the close of last week, we were tracking the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s (FPPC) efforts to conduct an audit of Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL) to determine whether the Arizona-based 501(c)(4) needed to disclose its donors under California law.  A state trial court had ordered ARL to submit documents and ARL had taken

In California, the Fair Political Practice Commission (“FPPC”) is facing off against an Arizona nonprofit, Americans for Responsible Leadership (“ARL”), in a dispute that is quickly making its way through the state court system.  The case may ultimately have important implications for donors who give to certain nonprofits that in turn fund political activities.  Since

California voters will face 11 statewide ballot initiatives when they visit the polls in less than three weeks.  One, Proposition 32, has garnered significant media attention because it would bar unions from using payroll deduction to collect PAC contributions.  Its effects on corporate PACs — which could be just as far-reaching — have been