California is one of just a few states looking to curb the influence of outside spending in elections. With few tools to govern the unlimited sums of money groups can spend, independent groups will likely pour billions of dollars into next year's campaigns. 

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STAR FILE PHOTO A voter fills out her ballot for the November 2014 election at the Port Hueneme Community Center. The Port Hueneme Police Officers’ Association Political Action Committee has agreed to pay a fine for not including identification information regarding an election mailer.

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California's Fair Political Practices Commission held a public hearing yesterday about a proposal for more lobbying disclosures. The new rule would require itemized reporting of spending on ads, grassroots and other activities meant to influence the government, directly or indirectly.

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The San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee/California Republican Victory Fund has been ordered to pay $5,000 in fines for accepting a larger than allowed contribution.

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