California Takes Major Step Toward Citizen-Funded Elections
September 29, 2016
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to give citizens a greater voice in California’s democracy. With the U.S. Congress gridlocked, California is leading a wave of pro-democratic reforms passed at the state and local level across the country. Senate Bill 1107, by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, gives local governments and the state the choice to enact citizen-funded election programs. California Common Cause sponsored the bill with the California Clean Money Campaign.
Democracy Reform Groups Urge Californians to Vote Yes on Prop. 59 This November
September 23, 2016
A coalition of democracy reform groups urged Californians on Friday to vote Yes on Prop. 59 this November
Legislature Allows Local and State Choice to Create Citizen Funded Election Systems
August 31, 2016
Sacramento – Today, the Legislature showed bipartisan support for Senate Bill 1107 (Allen, Hancock, Chiu, Gonzalez), which would enable the state and local governments to address special interest money in politics with citizen funded election systems by amplifying the voices of small donors and everyday voters. California Common Cause is a sponsor of this bill.
SB 1349 Passes with Bipartisan Support
August 31, 2016
Today, the Legislature passed SB 1349 (Hertzberg), which would direct the Secretary of State to modernize Cal-Access, California’s online system for campaign finance filing and disclosure.
California Common Cause Discourages “Gut-and-Amends” in the Last Days of Session
August 24, 2016
California Common Cause is urging the Legislature to rein in the frequent practice of gut-and-amends - bills being completely rewritten, and then passed into law without sufficient public oversight.