About the California Clean Money Action Fund

The California Clean Money Action Fund is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(4) organization that is the political advocacy arm of the California Clean Money Campaign.

The California Clean Money Action Fund has been fighting for legislation and ballot measures to limit the undue influence of Big Money in California politics since 2006.

Our supporters include over 100,000 Californians that either are active Clean Money members or who have signed the petition for Clean Money or the California DISCLOSE Act.

California Clean Money Action Fund's Vision and Mission

The California Clean Money Action Fund's vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians.  We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to pursue that vision by using grassroots lobbying to pass legislation and ballot measures for full disclosure and full public funding of election campaigns.

California Clean Money Action Fund's Contributors

Many people ask who the California Clean Money Action Fund's contributors are.  The California Clean Money Action Fund has a small budget that is supported almost entirely by members making small donations.  We accept no contributions from corporations or unions.  Our largest donation from any individual in 2018 was $5,000 and our average donation was $28.

You may join the regular people supporting our efforts to build support for full disclosure of political spending by becoming a member of the California Clean Money Campaign or making a one-time donation.

California Clean Money Action Fund Staff


Trent Lange, PhD., President and Executive Director


Trent Lange has served on the board of the California Clean Money Campaign since 2003 and became Executive Director in 2009.  He has been a spokesperson, lobbyist, and policy expert for CCMC, analyzing campaign spending and proposing solutions to campaign finance issues both for California and elsewhere including leading the campaign for AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act, the first law in the nation to make political ads clearly show their true funders even if they try to hide behind layers of front groups, and AB 1416, the Ballot DISCLOSE Act, the first law in the nation to show every voter who's for and against ballot measures by adding to the ballot a short list of supporters and opponents from the voter guide.

He has been on the executive committees of five ballot campaigns in California, including serving as co-chair of Measure H, the Clean Money measure in Los Angeles that passed by a 3-1 margin in 2011.
Currently he is leading California Clean Money Campaign's long-term effort to bring full public financing of campaigns to California to empower voters and get politicians out of the fundraising game, starting with putting a measure on the ballot to repeal California's ban on public financing of campaigns.

Dr. Lange has a Ph.D. from UCLA, with a multidisciplinary academic background in computer science, cognitive science, and cognitive psychology, and is the author of over 20 academic publications.  He was formerly President and CEO of Lange Fund Management, LLC., which ran small but successful market-neutral hedge funds.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/trent.lange
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrentLange.


Catherine Ashworth, PhD., Deputy Director and Development Director


Volunteer Regional Coordinators


Nancy Neff, Northern California Regional Coordinator


Nancy Neff has been Northern California Outreach Coordinator for the California Clean Money Campaign since July 2009.  She is a board member of CCMC, and has been the Coordinator for volunteers in the Palo Alto area working group since 2006.  She was a Visiting Nurse before becoming a full time volunteer.



David Schmidt, Northern California Regional Coordinator


David D. Schmidt is an author, historian, naturalist, small business owner, and political activist who has been involved in grassroots campaigns in California since the 1970s.  He is an expert on ballot proposition campaigns and author of Citizen Lawmakers:  The Ballot Initiative Revolution.

David lives in San Francisco and is currently working on a book on the San Francisco Bay Area's environmental history.  He has been an active volunteer with the California Clean Money Campaign since 2005 and is now on the California Clean Money Action Fund board of directors as a grassroots representative.