After hearing a presentation during the November 10 Lamorinda Democratic Club business meeting about AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act, club members in attendance voted unanimously for the club to endorse the measure. This was consistent with the club's long-time support for Clean Money elections and campaign finance reform.

As the California Clean Money campaign explains,

AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act, would fight back against unlimited hidden spending on campaigns by letting voters know who REALLY is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves.  Authored by Assemblymember Julia Brownley and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, AB 1148 would amend the Political Reform Act of 1974, and so can either be put into effect by a 2/3 vote of the legislature or a majority vote placing a measure on the ballot for the voters to decide.

The California DISCLOSE Act would require all political television ads, print ads, and websites to list their Top Five funders in a clear and unambiguous fashion.  The Top Two funders will be required to be listed on radio ads.

Requires the largest funder of television and radio ads to "stand by their ad".  For example, instead of saying, in small print, “Paid for by Stop Hidden Taxes – No on 25/Yes on 26, a coalition of taxpayers and employers…”, Yes on 26 ads would have said:  "I'm John Watson, CEO of Chevron, located in California.  Chevron helped pay for this message and approves it."

The California Clean Money Campaign and other supporters of the California DISCLOSE Act will be hosting a Legislative Campaign Kick-off event on January 7, 2012, from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Oakland City Hall. We will post more information about that event as the event date draws near. You can also preregister at www.YesFairElections.org.

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