Quoted from the California Clean Money Action Fund and the California Disclosure Act:
After nearly 12,000 people signed petitions, and 20 people from around the state came to testify, the Assembly Elections Committee passed SB 651, the Petition Disclosure Act, in a bipartisan vote of 5-0.
SB 651, authored by Senator Ben Allen and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, will make sure you know who’s trying to get initiatives on the ballot by requiring them to clearly list their top 3 donors of $50,000 or more. It also lets initiatives list three endorsers so you can see who else supports them. That’s something I’d like to know!
Voting for SB 651 were Assembly Elections Committee Chair Marc Berman (D-Los Altos) and Assemblymembers Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), Evan Low (D-Cupertino), Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego)..
After hearing the testimony, Assemblymember Mullin volunteered to become a coauthor!
The next step for SB 651 is the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Sign the petition to tell your Assemblymember to vote “yes” on SB 651 now — or thank them if they voted “yes” in the Elections Committee!
SB 651 is the perfect complement to our other major bill, AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act. SB 651 requires initiative petitions to disclose their top 3 funders when they ask for your signature, and AB 249 requires political ads to do the same when they ask for your vote. Together these laws will show voters who’s trying to buy the vote, from start to finish.
Our petition will email a tailored message to your Assemblymember. Here’s what most of them say:
“SB 651 is a commonsense disclosure bill sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign to require initiative petitions circulated by paid signature gatherers to clearly disclose their top three funders. It will help people make more informed decisions about the petitions they’re being asked to sign.
For further information on the California Clean Money Action Fund and the California Disclosure Act, and how to participate, see their site and petition: California DISCLOSURE Act.
July 17, 2017 UPDATE: Correction of Bill number. The correct number is SB 651, not SB 561 as previously stated in the title.