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Koch Brothers Caught Up in California Crackdown on Hidden Political Donors

David Koch on Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida
David Koch on Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, FloridaPhotograph by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Corbis

Two nonprofit groups connected with the billionaire Koch brothers are part of a $16 million settlement with the state of California for funneling money to political campaigns without properly disclosing their donors.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the state’s campaign finance regulator, Fair Political Practices Commission, reached a settlement that includes a combined $1 million fine for two Arizona-based organizations described by regulators as “part of the ‘Koch Brothers’ Network’ of dark money political nonprofit corporations.” The agreement also forces two California campaign committees to disgorge $15 million received without proper disclosure.