SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act
Citizens United unleashed unlimited, anonymous corporate spending on campaigns nationwide. That's why we're sponsoring the California DISCLOSE Act:
• Lets voters know who really is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves.
• Political ads will have to clearly and prominently list their three largest funders.
• "Follow-the-money" disclosure stops special interests from hiding.
• Applies to all kinds of political ads, including television, radio, print advertising, and websites.
The DISCLOSE Act will change the Big Money game
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Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill,
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the California DISCLOSE Act.
Sunshine in Campaigns Act
The California Clean Money Campaign also supports the Sunshine in Campaigns Act:
• SB 2 (Lieu-Yee): Requires candidates to Stand By Their Ad, requires more disclosures on slate mailers, and raises fines on violations of campaign, lobbying, or ethics laws.
• SB 3 (Yee-Lieu): Lays out a plan for a new, 21st century online disclosure system and require the state’s largest campaign treasurers to receive certification by the state ethics commission.
• SB 27 (Correa): Closes the non-profit reporting loophole. This would prevent future campaigns from receiving millions from donors, or out of state interests, without having to disclose the sources to the Secretary of State.
SB 2 and SB 3 are co-sponsored by our friends at California Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of California, both of which also support SB 52.
Why Clean Money and Fair Elections?
Do you think that public officials should be accountable
to voters instead of to big money contributors? So do we.
The solution is Fair Elections funding of campaigns
for qualified candidates who agree to strict spending limits.
• Get politicians out of the fundraising game
• Open up the political process
• End pay-to-play politics
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Working with nearly 300 statewide, local, and national organizations for California Clean Money and Fair Elections.
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Redding Record Searchlight, by Thomas Elias, 6/3/13
"That reality makes SB 52, the so-called DISCLOSE Act sponsored by Democratic state Sens. Mark Leno of San Francisco and Jerry Hill of San Mateo County, the single most important measure state lawmakers will consider this year." Full story
Our Letters and Op-Eds
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, by Mary Lou Williams, 6/5/13
"The May 10 editorial "Bill would rid campaign ads of anonymity" is correct in saying we citizens need to demand a greater accountability at the state and national level of the people and groups who are attempting to influence our elections by providing copious amounts of money without identifying themselves." Full story
San Jose Mercury News, by Dan Dippery, 6/5/13
"Imagine the power if everyone reading this took just a few minutes to write their Assembly members and asked them to do everything in their power to help SB 52 pass in the Assembly." Full story
Fresno Bee, by Eleanor Garabedian, 5/30/13
"I liked your May 25 editorial about the California Disclose Act -- SB 52... Everyone from individuals, labor unions to Big Oil will be disclosed if this bill passes. It is truly fair and equitable." Full story
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by John S. Adams, 6/5/13
A group of nine Republican state lawmakers and their allies announced the start of a campaign to eliminate anonymous third-party spending in political campaigns.
The measure . . . will be on the November 2014 ballot. . . . it will be based on two key sections of Senate Bill 375. That bill, which was backed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, received bipartisan support in the Senate before dying in a House committee. . . .
Buffalo Republican Sen. Jim Peterson, SB 375’s sponsor, said the initiative would require “full transparency” in Montana state elections. Full story
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by Mike Dennison, 6/4/13
Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, who appeared at Monday’s news conference, said there “will never be truth in politics until voters can follow the money.”
“Transparency is not a partisan issue,” he said. “It is not partisan that those who speak freely, should have to freely identify themselves. … Lies and half-truths literally were everywhere (in recent election campaigns). This appalled all Montanans, and it brought shame to the process.” Full story
Washington Post, by Editorial Board, 5/22/13
"We think openness here is a more valuable public good than is providing a cloak for every fat cat who wants to remain hidden. . . . Now Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has joined with a Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to offer a fresh attempt at a bipartisan bill, the Follow the Money Act . . . In a political system saturated with cash, transparency is the last, best hope for accountability." Full story