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Justices To Rule If Tribes Must Report Political Donations

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The California Supreme Court agreed today to decide whether California´s Indian tribes are bound by campaign-finance disclosure rules.

The seven justices unanimously agreed to review an appeals court´s March decision that said tribes were subject to campaign-finance enforcement lawsuits from the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The case is significant for California´s political culture. More than 100 California tribes — some flush with casino revenue — are major campaign donors, having given $130 million to candidates and ballot measure campaigns since 1998.

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