Assembly Member Santiago Moves Forward 2nd Ballot DISCLOSE Act
AB 1416 will show voters who supports and opposes state ballot measures on the ballot itself
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Governor Newsom has just signed SB 1360
the Disclosure Clarity Act (Umberg-Allen) and AB
1416 the Ballot DISCLOSE Act (Santiago), both
sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, expanding
California's national leadership in disclosure.
SB 1360 gives California the first law in the nation to
require online image and banner ads to clearly show their
top funder on the ad itself. It also requires formatting
changes to make the top three funders of television and
video ad disclosures much more readable.
"People shouldn' have to pause their TVs or computers,
squint, or run to the kitchen for their reading glasses to
determine who is funding political ads," said Senator
Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), author of SB 1360.
"Transparency in our political process is more
important than ever and voters deserve to be treated
SB 1360 also ensures voters approached to sign petitions
for initiatives, referendums, or recalls are shown an
official list of the top three funders of the circulation.
SB 1360 addresses the failure of many circulators to follow
a 2019 law, SB 47 (Allen), the Petition DISCLOSE
Act, which requires circulators to show voters the
official top funders sheet when funders aren' on the
"The 2017 enactment of the California DISCLOSE Act and
the 2019 enactment of the Petition DISCLOSE Act brought
much-needed transparency to political campaign funding in
the Golden State," said Senator Allen, who authored a
previous version of SB 1360. "Governor Newsom's
signature on this third bill ensures clarity in campaign
advertising and prevents paid signature-gatherers from
circumventing the law."
AB 1416 the Ballot DISCLOSE Act will help
counteract the flood of money in ballot measure campaigns
by adding to the ballot one of the most important pieces of
information voters want: who supports and opposes each
"This bill is a colossal game changer for California
elections because voters will now be able to make more
informed choices on ballot measures," said Assembly
Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), author of AB 1416.
"Big money in politics continues to capitalize on the
lack of ballot measure transparency, which directly affects
the outcome of elections. As more and more ballot measures
appear on general election ballots, it is imperative voters
have the information they need to cast an informed vote on
state and local ballot measures. The Ballot DISCLOSE Act
will bring greater transparency and democracy to the ballot
box on Election Day."
AB 1416 will add to each measure on the ballot a short list
of supporters and opponents (max 125 characters each) from
the official arguments in the state Voter Guide. The new
law has rules that prevent inclusion of sham organizations
and political parties.
"This law will vastly improve voters making an informed
choice when voting, and finally root out the special
interest that lurk in the shadows seeking to mislead the
public," said Senator Henry Stern (D-Calabasas),
principal coauthor of AB 1416.
Both SB 1360 and AB 1416 were supported by a broad
coalition of state, local, and national good government and
other public interest organizations. A major grassroots and
coalition campaign led by the California Clean Money Action
Fund helped generate thousands of petition signatures for
SB 1360 and delivered to Governor Newsom 39,472 petition
signatures for AB 1416, along with thousands of emails,
phone calls, and messages by Clean Money supporters on
"Governor Newsom?s signature of the groundbreaking
Disclosure Clarity Act and Ballot DISCLOSE Act
will help ensure Californians are the most informed voters
in the nation, no matter how lopsided the campaign
spending," said Trent Lange, President of the
California Clean Money Campaign, sponsor of SB 1360 and AB
1416. "Every Californian who cares about fairness in
democracy owes a debt of gratitude to Governor Newsom,
Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, Senators Ben Allen, Henry
Stern, and Tom Umberg, and to all the other leaders in the
California Legislature who helped them pass."
"DISCLOSE" is an acronym for Democracy is Strengthened by
Casting Light on Spending in Elections.
The California Clean Money Campaign is a non-partisan
501(c)(3) organization that has been dedicated to educating
the public about the need to lessen the unfair influence of
Big Money on election campaigns since 2001. For further
information, visit www.YesFairElections.org.