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In Your Community


Disclose Act - TWO YEAR BILL

February 25, 2015

This bill expresses legislative intent to enact a California Disclose Act (requiring the major donors to PACs to be listed in campaign ads) and requires that the printed disclaimer in campaign ads that a person is a paid spokesperson now be shown continuously for any video advertisement.

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Letters & Testimony

Letter Concerning California Ballot Rules

February 6, 2008

This Letter out of Courage Campaign California concerns ballot rules which introduce unnecessary and confusing requirements. It is feared that the rules would cause many ballots to be Thrown out as unfinished and therefore many votes would be lost.?

Common Cause California Testimony on Redistricting (August 2011)

August 11, 2006

This Common Cause California testimony reads, in part, 'Let me say at the outset? California Common Cause supports redistricting reform that creates a citizens? commission to follow strict mapping and hearing guidelines. We also support term limit reforms that will give legislators more time to develop more familiarity let alone expertise with the wide range of issues that a state as large and diverse as California must deal with.'

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New Study Documents Success of Automatic Voter Registration

June 7, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

A report released today by our friends at the Center for American Progress (CAP) documents the success of automatic voter registration programs championed by Common Cause and other voting rights advocates across the country.

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Press Releases

More Transparency Coming to Money in California Politics

September 29, 2016

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed bipartisan legislation to bring greater transparency to money in California politics. Senate Bill 1349, by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, will direct the Secretary of State to modernize Cal-Access, California’s online system for campaign finance filing and disclosure. California Common Cause was a sponsor of the bill, along with the California Business Roundtable.

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.

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Research & Reports

Politics, Power, and Presents

December 23, 2014

This report examines gifts provided and travel-related payments made to state legislators from special interest groups and includes ethics reform recommendations to prohibit or limit many of these activities.

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General Content


Proposition 49 is a part of a national movement demanding that Congress take action to reduce the influence of Big Money in politics.


Background of Ballot Initiative Transparency Act - SB 1253.

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