California campaign watchdog fines legal marijuana opponents

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's campaign watchdog is proposing fines of nearly $10,000 against opponents of the state's new recreational marijuana law for violations last year.

The Fair Political Practices Commission announced the actions Monday against two campaign committees that unsuccessfully fought Proposition 64. About 57 percent of voters approved legalizing recreational pot in November.

The first committee, Public and Mental Health Advocates Against 64, was fined $3,500 for being slow to change its advertising disclosures to publicly identify a donor that gave more than $50,000.

The second, A Committee Against Proposition 64 with Help from Citizens, was fined $6,000 for several violations including being late in filing a Top 10 list of contributors after it raised $1 million.

The committees agreed to the fines, which will be considered by commissioners on April 20.

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