SACRAMENTO (AP) â Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving California’s political watchdog agency more authority to enforce the state’s campaign finance laws and investigate suspected wrongdoing.
AB800 by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gordon of Menlo Park was drafted in response to $15 million that was anonymously funneled into two 2012 initiative campaigns. That resulted in a $1 million campaign finance fine, the largest in state history.READ MORE: BTS Will Reunite With Its ARMY With 4 Live Shows At SoFi Stadium
Gordon’s bill gives the California Fair Political Practices Commission the authority to conduct immediate audits when political campaigns are suspected of illegal activity and requires subcontractors and sub-vendors to disclose their donations.READ MORE: Student Fights Off Suspect In Violent Overnight Attack Near Chapman University Dorm: 'I Chased Him Back Up The Stairs, Cursing Him Out'
Candidates who leave office also would have only 90 days to decide what to do with any remaining campaign money.
The bill Brown signed into law Thursday takes effect July 1.MORE NEWS: $150,000 Reward Offered For Information In Murder Of El Sereno Business Owner Reza Mousavi
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