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California: FPPC chair says governor's group must choose between contributions and independent expenditures

AP reports: California's campaign watchdog agency has jumped into a court battle over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's spending in support of Proposition 77, the special election measure that would shift the power to draw legislative and congressional districts.

Liane Randolph, chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, wrote a letter Tuesday to a state appeals court saying Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team committee must designate spending for Proposition 77 as either independent expenditures or campaign contributions.

Opponents of the redistricting measure say that hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent spending by the California Recovery Team for the ballot measure can only be accurately classified as contributions that violate a voter-imposed limit of $3,300. The controversy centers around a committee headed by a Silicon Valley millionaire who also is running for insurance commissioner next year. -- FPPC chair says governor must classify Proposition 77 spending

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