California Democratic Party chair John Burton, right, speaks with gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown during the party’s state convention in 2010 in Los Angeles. (Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee file)
By Taryn Luna
September 23, 2016 – 2:37 PM
The state’s political ethics commission is launching an investigation into the California Democratic Party after an advocacy group alleged the party acted as a middleman to funnel donations from oil and energy companies to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 re-election campaign.