The newspaper found the caucus stopped releasing who donates to the nonprofit, raising questions about whether those donors are buying influence to lawmakers.
The Coachella Valley has a few local ties to the story:
– The Bee reports “many of the biggest checks came from powerful Capitol players,” including the desert’s own Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
– The desert’s two Democratic lawmakers – Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez and Sen. Juan Vargas – are members of the caucus.
You can read the Bee story here.