California tribe settles political donation case

The Santa Rosa Indian Community of California has settled a lawsuit over the reporting of campaign contributions to the state.

The tribe said it didn't have to abide by the state's campaign finance and lobbying disclosure laws. But the state Supreme Court, in a similar case involving the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, rejected the argument.

The Agua Caliente Band resolved its case last fall. The Santa Rosa Tribe agreed to pay 25,000 and to comply fully with the state's Political Reform Act and the rules of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission.

Get the Story:
Tribes agree to comply with financial disclosure laws (Copley News Service 1/9)

Supreme Court Docket Sheet:
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Superior Court of California (No. 06A1047)

California Supreme Court Decision:
Caliente Band etc. v. Super. Ct (December 21, 2006)

Lower Court Decisions:
FPPC V. Santa Rosa Indian Community (October 27, 2004) | Agua Caliente Band v. FPPC (March 3, 2004)

Relevant Links:

Fair Political Practices Commission -

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