House sends donor disclosure bill to Gov. Perry

By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A contentious bill requiring politically active nonprofits to make the names of their major donors public has cleared the Texas Legislature.

The House voted 95-52 Tuesday to send the bill to Gov. Rick Perry, who will face pressure from conservative groups to veto it.

Supporters say it will crack down on "dark money" or contributions to groups that are active in politics but avoid disclosure laws. Opponents argue it violates free speech.

When the Senate first approved the bill, so many grassroots groups bristled that tea party senators tried unsuccessfully to recall it.

On Monday, its House sponsor, Republican Rep. Charlie Geren, fought off repeated attempts to modify the bill on the floor - since any change would have killed it.

His efforts prompted a final vote that went smoothly.

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