A few days ago, the California Latino Legislative Caucus was in the news for not releasing its list of donors from its nonprofit. Well, a few days ago, the Caucus went ahead and released its donor list.
As reported by The Sacramento Bee:
“Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez pushed the caucus for disclosure last week in response to a story by The Bee, which noted that voters had no way of knowing who was donating big bucks to the foundation controlled by Latino lawmakers.
Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, an Artesia Democrat who has chaired the Latino Legislative Caucus since December, released a list of 53 donors who contributed $243,600 in 2009 and $195,500 in 2010.
Mendoza previously had released a list of seven contributions received since he took control of the caucus late last year. Only three of them, totaling $20,000, were donated in 2011.
“We look forward to increasing transparency and accountability within the foundation today and in the future,” he said.
The list of contributors released Monday includes powerful Capitol interest groups that push lawmakers to vote their way on dozens of bills each year.
By far the largest donor in 2010 was Eli Lilly & Co., which gave $50,000. Other major contributors were AT&T, $25,000; California State Association of Electrical Workers, $20,000; and Verizon, $18,000.”
The Caucus did the right thing in releasing the donor list. Not releasing it would have raised more eyebrows and suspicion. No surprise in the large donations from the pharmaceutical industry (Eli Lilly & Co.) and telecommunications industry (AT&T and Verizon).