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Ann Ravel

San Diego City Council to sue Filner over costs from sexual harassment lawsuit

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, said an official cannot accept more than $440 a year in donated services. Campaign money can be used only to defend against alleged violations of the state's campaign finance law. An official can, however...

Dan Morain: Having the temerity to challenge Washington gridlock

California’s own Ann Ravel had the temerity to describe the dysfunction at the FEC like she saw it, in a very public way. “The Federal Election Commission is failing to enforce the nation’s campaign finance laws. I’m in a position to know. I’m the vice chairwoman of the commission,” ...

Capitol Alert: Ravel talks about FPPC's plans for tracking political money

California Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman Ann Ravel spoke to The Bee's editorial board Thursday about how she plans to use the remainder of her tenure tracking money in California politics. The FPPC has its eye on a few bills that could bolster the 1974 Political Reform ...

Larry N. Gerston: Ann Ravel is a game changer in California politics

Ann Ravel, the new chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discusses the increasing partisanship of judicial elections during an interview with The Associated Press in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. Ravel, who was appointed to the position by ...

Dan Morain: Can California unmask mystery donors?

Ann Ravel, the California Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman, intends to seek clarity by compelling nonprofit corporations that donate huge sums to state campaigns to disclose sources of their money, at least in some circumstances. The law might be on Ravel's side, or ...

Day after McCutcheon, FEC commissioners clash over dark money

Hours before the meeting, Vice Chair Ann Ravel — a Democrat who took an aggressive stance against dark money political contributions as head of California's campaign finance enforcement agency — published an op-ed in the New York Times on Wednesday bluntly titled "How Not to Enforce ...

Looking back: How 2013’s Californians to Watch fared

Ann Ravel could hardly have had a better year. As chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, she gained attention for focusing the agency on high-profile cases. That included the FPPC’s probe of a network out-of-state groups that funneled money into California to ...

California issues largest campaign-reporting fine

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discusses the $1 million fine, the largest in its history, levied against two political action committees for campaign-reporting violations, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 24...

Dan Morain: Donors' millions kept undercover

The California Fair Political Practices Commission, led by chairwoman Ann Ravel, is sponsoring far-reaching legislation that would impose similar disclosure requirements on nonprofits involved in California campaigns. "Either there has to be federal involvement, or the states need to ...

Federal Election Commission gets new blood

"Lee Goodman and Ann Ravel will be outstanding commissioners and bring a wealth of experience to the Federal Election Commission," Schumer said. "When they're sworn in, the FEC will finally have all six of its seats filled, and the Commission will continue its important work as the ...

Fight over campaign donation audit goes to California top court

Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel said the state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case after a California appeals court in Sacramento refused on Friday to force the Arizona group to submit to an audit over the donation. It is the latest twist in a legal battle for disclosure over the ...

The Center for Public Integrity: White House nominates new FEC commissioners

The nominees are Lee E. Goodman, an attorney at law firm LeClairRyan, and Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Goodman will be floated to replace Republican Commissioner Don McGahn, while Ravel would replace Democrat Cynthia Bauerly, who ...

How Not to Enforce Campaign Laws

By Ann Ravel

WASHINGTON — THE Federal Election Commission is failing to enforce the nation’s campaign finance laws. I’m in a position to know. I’m the vice chairwoman of the commission. At my confirmation hearing last year, I promised to vigorously uphold those laws. I’ve been on the commission only six ...

Top CA campaign watchdog/Los Gatos resident confirmed for seat on Federal Elections Commission

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission — the watchdog state agency for political matters — is headed to Washington, D.C. The Senate confirmed the Los Gatos resident Monday to serve a six-year term on the Federal Elections Commission. Ravel, who ...

FEC nominations moving forward

Committee members may vote to approve or reject the nominees -- Lee E. Goodman, an attorney at law firm LeClairRyan, and Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission -- or forward the nominations to the full Senate without recommendation. Obama nominated ...

Ariz. group ordered to turn over donation records

Supreme Court on Monday, FPPC chairwoman Ann Ravel said. She said the court denied the request and ordered the group to produce the documents immediately. She said she believes the group has exhausted all legal avenues. "My staff will be working all night to look at the documents and ...

State measure spending among highest yet

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which oversees campaign contributions and spending, said she is more concerned with the disclosure of donors than with the amount of overall spending. "As long as the information is disclosed and people know who ...

Editorial: FPPC showed its mettle; now Brown and Legislature should act

But former FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel, a Brown appointee, was confirmed to the Federal Election Commission four months ago. Brown should find a new chair who shares Ravel’s passion for nonpartisan enforcement. Under Ravel and enforcement chief Gary Winuk, the commission ...

Ann Ravel talks about money and democracy at League of Women Voters dinner in Mountain View

Ann Ravel, chair of the California State Fair Political Practices Commission, waged a legal battle during the last election to identify the source of an $11 million anonymous donation from an Arizona group to a committee opposed to Gov. Jerry Brown's measure to raise taxes and also ...

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