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Disclosure Reform Victory! CVF Statement on SB 27 Enactment

May 15, 2014


Hi Folks,

Great news to share - yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27 into law! This represents a significant victory for disclosure reform in California and CVF is proud to have played a part in this bill's success. See our statement below for more details, as well as the chaptered version of the bill, the Sacramento Bee's news story, and bill author Sen. Lou Correa's statement.

-- Kim Alexander, President & Founder
California Voter Foundation

California Voter Foundation Statement on the Enactment of Senate Bill 27

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will greatly improve voters' ability to follow the money and make informed voting choices. Senate Bill 27, authored by State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and sponsored by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), prohibits campaigns from being able to hide the true identity of their donors behind nonprofit organizations.

SB 27 strengthens California disclosure laws by guaranteeing that voters have the right to know who is funding campaigns. It also requires campaign committees that raise $1 million or more to identify their top ten donors. These lists are to be posted on the FPPC's website and referenced in the State Voter Information Guide beginning this November.

Improving public access to and awareness of information about the top donors behind proposition committees is an essential reform to the initiative process that voters of all political interests strongly support. It is also one of the California Voter Foundation's (CVF) top priorities. That is why CVF supported SB 27 and worked with the author, sponsor and other disclosure reform groups to secure its passage. CVF is grateful to the Governor, Legislature, Senator Correa and his staff, the FPPC, and the FPPC's former chair Ann Ravel for their leadership in advancing initiative disclosure reform.

SB 27 is an essential building block for transparency of money in proposition campaigns. To build on this important achievement, CVF is working with Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and others to pass SB 844, which will, if enacted, require the Secretary of State to produce and maintain comprehensive top ten donors lists for each side of each initiative campaign, so that voters can quickly identify who the top donors are across all committees and have even less homework to do in order to "follow the money" and make informed choices.

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