Ann Ravel, outgoing chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, announces $16 million in penalties in a probe of anonymous political donations. She starts her new job as a member of the Federal Election Commission on Monday. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press / October 24, 2013)
By Chris Megerian and Evan Halper
October 26, 2013, 5:46 p.m.
SACRAMENTO — Ann Ravel will start her new job in Washington on Monday with the kind of celebrity status rare for a career government lawyer.
As California’s top political watchdog, she launched a landmark investigation into secretive nonprofit groups that spent millions on state campaigns last year, and she announced $16 million in penalties against those groups this week.
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