For instance, at least two Prop. 32's biggest donors have given to Allen Mansoor, now a candidate for State Assembly and previously mayor of Costa Mesa, California:
In 2005, well before Arizona ever passed its anti-immigrant law SB 1070, Mansoor authorized Costa Mesa police to run immigration checks on individuals suspected of crimes, as well as on unlicensed drivers. He even proposed authorizing local police to investigate federal immigration crimes—creating a national news story over fear the rule would result in the racial profiling of Latinos.But Frying Pan News' Matthew Fleischer raises a bigger issue:
Earlier this week, the Prop. 32 campaign netted a massive $11 million donation from a mysterious non-profit calling itself Americans for Responsible Leadership. The organization is based in Arizona.Take union money out of politics and we just don't know what could happen. Republicans don't have to have a concrete agenda in place now. If they win this one, they'll have knocked out the financial power of one of the big forces fighting them from elections at every level to ballot measures. That's why they rightly see this measure as a chance to make Republicans competitive in California elections.
Little is known about ARL, and even less about its financial supporters. Our efforts to contact the group by press-time were unsuccessful.
Despite the scant details over the Arizona money’s origins, however, its infusion into the political process ultimately points to the greatest cause for concern over Prop. 32—the complete unknown.