Court rulings on campaign donations in conflict
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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2003

A California judge ruled that the state's campaign finance laws do not apply to tribal governments, a ruling that is conflict with another one on the subject.

The Fair Political Practices Commission has brought lawsuits against the Santa Rosa Indian Community and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The judge in the Santa Rosa case sided with the tribe but the judge in the Agua Caliente case sided with the commission.

The commission wants the tribes to comply with its reporting and disclosure requirements.

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Ruling has implications for Agua Caliente tribe (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 4/26)
New rulings cloud tribal sovereignty issue (The Fresno Bee 4/26)

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