California Clean Money Action Fund Endorses "Voters' Right to Know Act"
Will Lead Field Campaign of Volunteers to Help Qualify the Nation's Most Comprehensive Campaign Disclosure Initiative
CULVER CITY, CA -- The California Clean Money Action Fund
announced its support of the Voters' Right to Know Act, a
statewide ballot measure to give voters the information
they need by requiring significantly greater transparency
in political campaign spending. It will appear on the
November 2016 ballot and establish California as a national
model for campaign finance disclosure.
"We are tremendously excited to help qualify and pass the
Voters' Right to Know Act by partnering with Californians
for the Right to Know, " said Trent Lange, President of the
California Clean Money Action Fund. "Among its other
game-changing provisions, the initiative has requirements
consistent with the California DISCLOSE Act to make
political ads clearly disclose their true funders so voters
aren't deceived about who really paid for them."
The proponent of the Voters' Right to Know Act is Jim
Heerwagen, advisor to startups and member of several
non-profit boards, and a major funder of Californians for
the Right to Know. Principal authors are Bob Stern, a
principal co-author of the Political Reform Act of 1974,
and Gary Winuk, Chief of the Enforcement Division at the
Fair Political Practices Commission from 2009-2015.
The Voters' Right to Know Act includes a
first-in-the-nation state constitutional right to
disclosure. Other watershed provisions will modernize
campaign finance and state lobbying information systems to
provide machine readable access to current data, and to
include data on local government. The act also requires
government contract lobbyists to register, bans gifts from
lobbyists and their clients, and restricts revolving-door
job offers to elected officials for two years.
Like the California DISCLOSE Act, currently in the
legislature as AB 700 authored by Assemblymembers Jimmy
Gomez and Marc Levine and sponsored by the California Clean
Money Campaign, the Voters' Right to Know Act requires the
top funders of political ads to be clearly shown on the ads
themselves. Television ads by outside groups about ballot
measures or candidates must show their top three funders in
large legible type on a solid black background. No more
fine print disclosures.
Similarly clear rules apply to radio ads, print ads, mass
mailers, online ads, and robocalls. Equally important are
earmarking and tracing rules so that ads will display the
names of the actual funders instead of misleading names,
even if they try to hide behind multiple layers of
"Clean Money volunteers will be out in force across
California to help qualify the Voters' Right to Know Act to
implement these crucial and long sought after disclosure
rules," said Nancy Neff, a volunteer regional coordinator
for the California Clean Money Action Fund. "People are
tired of being deceived about who pays for political ads,
so we know they'll be eager to sign petitions to qualify
the most sweeping political reform in California since the
Californians are demanding such commonsense and truthful
disclosure of ad funders, with more than 100,000 people
signing petitions for the California DISCLOSE Act and more
than 400 organizations and leaders endorsing it.
The California Clean Money Action Fund will lead a field
campaign to help qualify and pass the ballot measure by
using its volunteer Action Groups across the state to
organize the huge coalition of thousands of volunteers,
hundreds of organizations, and hundreds of thousands of
citizens that already support this kind of game-changing
disclosure on political ads.
"We're very happy to be partnering with the California
Clean Money Action Fund to qualify the Voters' Right to
Know Act", said Jim Heerwagen, the measure's proponent and
a major funder of Californians for the Right to Know.
"Citizens have a fundamental right to know the true sources
of political spending, and with the help of Clean Money
volunteers and other organizations and citizens across the
state, the Voters' Right to Know Act is going to give them
The California Clean Money Action Fund is a non-profit,
non-partisan 501(c)(4) organization that is the political
advocacy arm of the 501(c)(3) California Clean Money
Campaign. The California Clean Money Action Fund has been
fighting for legislation and ballot measures to limit the
undue influence of Big Money in California politics since
2006. All our support comes from individuals and non-profit
foundations, with no funding from corporations or unions.