Today’s News: FPPC calls $11 million donation political ‘money laundering’

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Donors revealed, mystery continues. California’s political watchdog agency says an $11 million campaign donation from an Arizona non-profit is the biggest case of campaign money laundering ever in California. The money apparently passed through two other groups before it was funneled to a California committee fighting Prop. 30 and backing Prop. 32. Sacramento Bee

Too close to call. On the eve of the election, more than a dozen of California’s 53 House races are considered to be up for grabs. That’s an unusually high-number of competitive races for the Golden State, where incumbents have traditionally held a big advantage. One indication of the shifting landscape is the amount of outside money pouring into California House races: more than $50 million, according to the latest state disclosures. Inland Daily Bulletin

Campaigner in chief. California is practically a sure bet for Obama, so residents of the Golden State are streaming to swing states to help rally voters to go to the polls tomorrow. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is among them. He’s in Miami today, after spending time in Tampa yesterday. He’ll also be making the media rounds today, with scheduled interviews on CNN and MSNBC. Houston Chronicle

Pass the plate. L.A. County Assessor John Noguez got into hot water for allegedly giving campaign supporters breaks on their tax bills. Now, Noguez is turning to supporters for a different reason: he needs money to make bail. The assessor is being held on $1.16 million bail. That’s the precise amount that prosecutors say the county lost in tax revenue because of the alleged scheme. L.A. Times

Santa Anas. Hot, breezy and dry weather is creating dangerous fire conditions. A Red Flag warning will be in effect for the mountains of L.A. and Ventura counties until 4 p.m. this afternoon. Temperatures could hit 90 in some areas, with gusts between 30 and 40 miles an hour. KNBC

Big move. Crews have begun moving a used generator from the San Onofre nuclear power plant to a disposal site in Utah. Southern California Edison officials say a nearly 400-foot long vehicle is hauling the 700,000-pound generator through San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties before entering Nevada and Utah. The generator contains lows levels of radiation, but Edison says it shouldn’t pose any harm to the public. Orange County Register