Quoted in this one in the Modesto Bee.
Here is an excerpt:
In 2011 and 2012, Stanislaus County's Republican Party quietly
became a player in state political finance, taking $1.7 million from big
spenders and funneling most of it to superheated campaigns throughout
The metamorphosis was so hushed that some members of
the county's central committee, the very group used by state party
leaders to distribute the money, were unaware.
The California Fair
Political Practices Commission, a state agency enforcing campaign
ethics, confirmed to The Bee that the Stanislaus group's role in pooling
and distributing cash is under investigation.
News of the probe
has caused an uproar in the committee, particularly among members seated
in January. Some say they got involved to help their party and were
disturbed to find out about the money flow.