June 2, 2016 -- CounterPAC, a nonpartisan organization working for more accountable elections by incentivizing the adoption of model reform solutions, distributed mailers to voters in the four districts of the pro-Disclose Act candidates shown below. The mailers support each candidate for their position on the California Disclose Act, which will lead to increased transparency, disclosure, and accountability in the state.
“The Disclose Act would be a big step forward for democracy in California and a model for our nation -- precisely the sort of common-sense solution that CounterPAC is proud to fight for,” said Jay Costa, Executive Director of CounterPAC.
Ling Ling Chang (R), SD29
Tom Lackey (R), AD36
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D), AD65
Scott Wilk (R), SD21
(Click through candidate links above to view individual mailings)
Chang, Lackey, and Wilk voted ‘yes’ on AB 700 when the bill was considered by the California Assembly on January 27, 2016. Quirk-Silva is supportive of the California Disclose Act, and is running against incumbent Young Kim, who voted ‘no’ on the same motion. CounterPAC plans to monitor a number of other key legislative races over the coming months and continue a campaign focused on legislative accountability surrounding AB 700.
“At a time when special interests are flooding our airwaves and mailboxes with millions of dollars of political advertisements, it’s critical that Californians have access to meaningful disclosure of who is paying to influence their decisions at the ballot box,” said Costa. “By displaying the major sources of funding for political ads clearly, on the ads themselves, the California Disclose Act gives voters the practical, real-time transparency that they deserve.”
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Background on the Disclose Act
AB 700 has passed the Assembly (60-15) and now resides in the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez and Marc Levine, would amend the Political Reform Act of 1974 and requires a two-thirds vote in the Legislature.
If passed, the Disclose Act would require the actual names of the top three funders behind ballot measure ads and ads paid for by outside groups to be clearly displayed on the advertisement.
For television and video advertising, the bill would require the original source of funding to a ballot measure committee or political action committee for or against a candidate to be clearly displayed for a full five seconds on the bottom one-third of the screen.
BEFORE DISCLOSE ACT
AFTER DISCLOSE ACT
Disclosure rules would also exist for radio, print, online ads, and robocalls.
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