Calif. tribe subject to state election laws
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A California court on Thursday rejected an attempt by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to shield itself from the state's election laws.

The court said the tribe's sovereignty wasn't a bar to disclosure and other reporting requirements of the Fair Political Practices Commission. The tribe has posted its campaign donations on its web site and says it shouldn't be forced to comply with state law.

Get the Story:
Campaign laws apply to tribes, court finds (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 2/28)
Lobbying Rules for Tribe Upheld (The Los Angeles Times 2/28)
Judge rules against tribe in political donations case (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 2/28)
San Manuel band questions recent ruling over tribal sovereignty (The San Berandino Couny Sun 2/28)

Relevant Documents:
Ruling: FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION v. AGUA CALIENTE BAND OF CAHUILLA INDIANS (February 27, 2003) | Court denies Agua tribe’s motion to dismiss FPPC disclosure suit (FPPC 2/27) | Agua Caliente Tribal Council Statement (Tribe 2/27)

Relevant Links:
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians -
Fair Political Practices Commission -

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