Yesterday's $11 million disclosure was a mild win for campaign finance transparency. The names of the actual people who spent that money will remain unknown. But, as Attorney General Kamala Harris noted, we do know that the money passed through a group with “an affiliation with the Koch brothers.”
Beyond that, though, this two-week battle between California campaign finance watchdogs and the Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership has shown — in case you already didn't know — the lengths to which megadonors will go to ensure their anonymity. It's also shown how those megadonors can side-step California's campaign finance laws.