SB 52, California DISCLOSE Act

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SB 52, the new California DISCLOSE Act

  • Lets voters know who really is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves.
  • Political ads will have to clearly and prominently list their three largest funders.
  • "Follow-the-money" disclosure stops dark money from hiding.
  • Applies to all kinds of political ads, including TV, radio, print, and websites.
  • The California DISCLOSE Act will change the Big Money game.  Learn more about SB 52

 

Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill, authors of SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act
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Editorials on SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act

Disclosure of campaign-ad funders needed

San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial, 6/1/13

"SB 52, which advanced on a 28-11 vote, should help put an end to the nonsense of naming campaign committees in ways designed to intentionally confuse voters... The Assembly should move quickly to advance this important disclosure bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature."  Full story

EDITORIAL: End contribution secrets

Fresno Bee, Editorial, 5/25/13

"Since the infamous 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, our elections have been inundated with gobs of secret donations for spending by outside groups on political ads..."  Full story

Editorial: Bills could shed light on secret ballot money

Sacramento Bee, Editorial, 5/22/13

"This package of bills should get out of each house with a two-thirds vote by the end of this month. If there is no easy way to stem the tide of unlimited money in elections, voters and their elected leaders should insist upon greater transparency."  Full story

Our View: Bills would expose secret contributions

Merced Sun-Star, Editorial, 5/22/13

"Senate Bill 52, the California Disclose Act, would require all television, radio, print and other ads for ballot measures, independent expenditures and issue advocacy to identify the three largest donors of $10,000 or more for state races and $2,000 for local races..."  Full story

Our View: Bills would expose secret contributions

Modesto Bee, Editorial, 5/22/13

"This package of bills should get out of each house with a two-thirds vote by the end of this month. If there is no easy way to stem the tide of unlimited money in elections, voters and their elected leaders should insist upon greater transparency..."  Full story

Mercury News editorial: California DISCLOSE Act a must in the era of Citizens United

San Jose Mercury News, Editorial, 5/16/13

SB 52 authors Sen. Mark Leno and Sen. Jerry Hill are right: Voters can't do much to reduce the money in campaigns, but they have the right to know which individuals, corporations or unions it comes from.  Full story

Contra Costa Times editorial: Disclose source of money for all California political ads

Contra Costa Times, Editorial, 5/13/13

Californians should encourage state legislators to support the DISCLOSE Act, a bill by two San Francisco-area senators that would require the top three funders of political TV and radio commercials and print and online ads to be boldly identified in the ads.  Full story

Oakland Tribune editorial: Disclose source of money for all California political ads

Oakland Tribune, Editorial, 5/13/13

"SB 52 sponsors Sen. Jerry Hill and Sen. Mark Leno are right: Voters can't do much to reduce the money in campaigns, but they have the right to know which individuals, corporations or unions it comes from."  Full story

Editorial: California needs bill to rid campaign ads of anonymity

Los Angeles Daily News, Editorial, 5/9/13

"No fine print. None of the misleading names that special-interest groups like to go by. Instead, big, bold words right up front...? Californians should tell their lawmakers they approve this message: SB 52 would bring more vital transparency to state politics."  Full story

Editorial: California needs bill to rid campaign ads of anonymity

Long Beach Press Telegram, Editorial, 5/9/13

"California should lead the way on this reform. Many voters here were appalled when an Arizona nonprofit with anonymous backing dropped $11 million into two proposition campaigns. Under the DISCLOSE Act, an ad mostly paid for by money like that would have to say so."  Full story

Editorial: California needs bill to rid campaign ads of anonymity

Pasadena Star-News, Editorial, 5/9/13

"SB 52 sponsors Sen. Jerry Hill and Sen. Mark Leno are right: Voters can't do much to reduce the money in campaigns, but they have the right to know which individuals, corporations or unions it comes from..."  Full story

Editorial: California needs bill to rid campaign ads of anonymity

San Bernardino Sun, Editorial, 5/9/13

"I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message." Voters are used to that tagline on political ads... Shouldn't the same principle apply to political ads made by people and groups who aren't officially associated with candidates and ballot measures but wield just as much influence in elections?"  Full story

Editorial: California needs bill to rid campaign ads of anonymity

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Editorial, 5/9/13

"Californians should tell their lawmakers they approve this message: SB 52 would bring more vital transparency to state politics."  Full story

Editorial: California needs bill to rid campaign ads of anonymity

Whittier Daily News, Editorial, 5/9/13

"Californians should tell their lawmakers they approve this message: SB 52 would bring more vital transparency to state politics."  Full story

Editorial: California needs bill to rid campaign ads of anonymity

Torrance Daily Breeze, Editorial, 5/9/13

"Californians should tell their lawmakers they approve this message: SB 52 would bring more vital transparency to state politics."  Full story



Op-Eds and Media Coverage on SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act

DISCLOSE Act would let voters know who's paying for campaign ads

Los Angeles Daily News, by Thomas Elias, 12/16/13

"That's what made the DISCLOSE Act the most important bill the Legislature considered in the past year, more so than fracking regulations, prison changes, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants or anything else. It will be again in 2014."  Full story

Tom Elias: 'DISCLOSE Act' is year's most vital bill

Redding Record Searchlight, by Thomas Elias, 6/3/13

"That reality makes SB 52, the so-called DISCLOSE Act sponsored by Democratic state Sens. Mark Leno of San Francisco and Jerry Hill of San Mateo County, the single most important measure state lawmakers will consider this year."  Full story

California campaign finance reform bills pass Senate

Independent Voter Network, by Alex Gauthier, 5/30/13

Following a series of votes Wednesday and earlier this week, Senate bills 2, 3, 27, and 52 are on their way out of the California Senate and into the Assembly. Each measure would amend the Political Reform Act of 1974 in different ways.  Full story

States Try to Tackle Secret Money in Politics

Los Angeles Times, by Matea Gold, Chris Megerian and Mark Z. Barabak, 5/2/13

Lawmakers in more than a dozen states have proposed legislation to force such groups to disclose their donors. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a measure Thursday requiring independent groups that make election-related donations or expenditures of $6,000 or more . . . to disclose information about their top donors.  Full story



Press Releases on SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act

Major Victory over Dark Money as SB 27 Passes Assembly Floor

California Clean Money Campaign, by California Clean Money Campaign, 2/20/14

Bill requiring non-profits to reveal their secret donors when they spend $50,000 on California elections passes Assembly floor on overwhelming vote of 58-18.  Full story

Historic Victory for Transparency as California DISCLOSE ACT, SB 52, Passes Senate Floor

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 5/30/13

SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, passed the full Senate yesterday in an overwhelming vote for increased disclosure in political ads as 27 Democrats, led by authors Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), were joined by Republican Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) in voting Yes.  Full story

Campaign for Disclosure of Secret Money in Political Ads Kicked Off With Rally for California DISCLOSE Act in Santa Ana

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 3/23/13

Fed-up with political ads that hide the special interests who pay for them, over 100 Orange County citizens and leaders attended the kickoff event for SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, in Santa Ana on Saturday to ask area Senate Elections Committee Chair Lou Correa and other leaders to support SB 52.  Full story

New California DISCLOSE ACT, SB 52, Introduced by Senators Leno and Hill

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 12/20/12

A new effort to give voters the information they need by requiring significantly greater transparency in political ads was launched with the introduction of a new California DISCLOSE Act by Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill. Over 350 organizations and leaders endorsed the last version, with over 84,000 Californians signing petitions urging the legislature to pass it.  Full story


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