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Are Indian Tribes Covered by State Campaign Laws

The AP reports this evening:

The [California] Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an appeals court to consider whether Indian tribes must abide by state campaign finance laws.


The [Fair Political Practices Commission] alleged the [Agua Caliente] tribe was late in disclosing more than $8 million in donations to candidates and causes between 1998 and 2002. The tribe posts campaign finance reports on its Web site and contends it discloses its political activity just not according to the state's rules.

It argued its status as a sovereign nation means it was not bound by the state's campaign rules and the commission can't sue to enforce them.