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An effort to require political advertisements to display their top donors stalled in the final hours of the legislative session Friday after its supporters said it didn’t have the backing needed to earn passage.

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Weeks after the tight finish in the June controller’s race highlighted major weaknesess in California’s recount law, legislation to create taxpayer-funded recounts in close contests has bogged down in partisan fighting and is dead for the year.
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Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, facing a tough challenge from former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, has released a TV ad that reintroduces him to voters and seeks to make the case that he’s delivered on his campaign promises. The 30-second ad, “People Come First,” which is running in the suburban Sacramento district, touches on the congressman donating his pay to charity during the partial federal government shutdown.
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The California Senate’s curb on end-of-session fundraising has sharply cut into the flow of political cash to senators’ campaign accounts, even as some in the upper house run afoul of a rule that bans contributions from donors that have Capitol lobbyists.

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