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. 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.
September 29, 2016
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing counties to adopt a voter-centered approach to elections. Senate Bill 450, authored by Sen. Ben Allen and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, provides voters with many more options for how they can vote, recognizing the changing needs of voters today. Common Cause supported the bill.
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.
Californians to vote on the Overturn Citizens United Act in November
June 13, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday allowed the Overturn Citizens United Act to go onto the November ballot, after thousands of activists across California inundated Brown’s office with emails, faxes and phone calls urging him to support the bill, known as SB 254. The bill is authored by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), and co-sponsored by a coalition of grassroots organizations including Los Angeles-based Money Out Voters In (MOVI) and California Common Cause.
CA Common Cause Welcomes Legislation to Modernize California’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Website
March 14, 2016
Today Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D - Van Nuys) announced his intention to advance legislation to modernize California’s campaign finance disclosure system.
Report Highlights Need for Improvements to California’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Website
January 11, 2016
New National Institute on Money in State Politics report highlights reforms needed to bring greater transparency and accountability to California’s political system.
Report Shows that California Can Strengthen Protections Against Public Corruption
November 9, 2015
California’s C- grade in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation shows that our state has more work to do in order to guard against corruption.
Governor Signs “California New Motor Voter Program” into Law
October 10, 2015
Today Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1461, also known as the California New Motor Voter Program.
Governor Signs Expanded Same Day Registration Law
October 10, 2015
Today Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 439, authored by Senator Ben Allen, which will expand the availability of same-day voter registration in the 14 days leading up to election day. Same-day registration allows an eligible voter to register to vote then vote on the same day in the two weeks leading up to an election.
Activists Call on CA Supreme Court To Restore Prop. 49 to 2016 Ballot
October 6, 2015
California Common Cause Calls on CA Legislature To End Practice of “Gut and Amend” Bills
September 10, 2015
California Common Cause calls on the Legislature to adopt a rule that all gut-and-amend bills will be subject to a minimum 5-day Sunshine Rule – that is making the bill available to the public in print for 5 days - to allow public and legislative consideration.
California Common Cause Welcomes Enhancements to Campaign Finance Disclosure Website
September 3, 2015
The Cal-Access enhancements announced today by Secretary Padilla will give voters, journalists, and watchdogs a better tool to understand the influence of money in politics. We congratulate the secretary on this initiative.
Supreme Court Decision Upholds Citizen-Driven Redistricting in California
June 29, 2015
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a sweeping decision upholding the right of Californians to reform elections through ballot initiatives and preserving the power of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw Congressional districts.
California Common Cause Supports Automated Pathways for Voter Registration
March 24, 2015
As California Common Cause continues our work to increase public participation throughout the state, we welcome Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s willingness to explore new models for voter registration with the goal of expanding the political franchise to include 100% of eligible CA voters.
Los Angeles Voters Approve Charter Amendments 1 & 2
March 4, 2015
Los Angeles voters took a step toward increasing voter turnout by approving Charter Amendments 1 with 77 percent of the vote and Charter Amendment 2 was approved with 76 percent.
Off-Cycle Elections Concentrated in Southern California
February 20, 2015
A report released today by California Common Cause examines the timing of elections in each of California’s 482 cities to determine which jurisdictions hold their elections concurrent with statewide elections in June and November of even years (on-cycle) and which jurisdictions hold elections at other times (off-cycle).
State Legislators Received $265,000 in Gifts, $580,000 in Travel Payments
December 23, 2014
A report released today by California Common Cause examines personal financial statements submitted by California state legislators. It highlights the extent to which politicians receive gifts from special interests and the extent to which they repurpose surplus campaign funds for their own personal benefit.
California Common Cause asks the California Public Utilities Commission to Reject Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger
December 11, 2014
In comments filed yesterday with the California Public Utilities Commission, California Common Cause urged the Commission to reject the application of Comcast to purchase Time Warner Cable.
Small Donors Still on Sidelines of Congressional Races - Legislation to Change is Stalled in Congress
October 24, 2014
Big donors continued to dominate California’s congressional campaigns even as we entered the fall campaign season when small donors traditionally became more engaged, according to analysis of campaign finance data for nine diverse* members of Congress by the non-partisan government watchdog organization California Common Cause.
Congressional Candidates Ignore Everyday Americans - Legislative Solution Game Changer for California Members
October 15, 2014
Analysis of campaign finance data for nine diverse* members of Congress by the non-partisan government watchdog organization California Common Cause found that all of them raised the vast majority of funds from large donors and PACs from outside their districts.
Victory for California Voters: Governor Signs Ballot Initiative Transparency Act
September 27, 2014
Today, the Governor signed into law landmark legislation that will modernize California’s initiative process.
Governor Brown Signs SB 113 and SB 29
September 27, 2014
Yesterday evening, Governor Brown signed into law SB 113 and SB 29, two elections bills that promise to expand the franchise and increase turnout among voters in the state.
State Assembly Passes Initiative Reform on Bipartisan Vote
August 27, 2014
Today the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 1253, the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act (BITA) with bipartisan support (43 ayes – 21 noes). The initiative reform bill is authored by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and is co-authored by Senators Galgiani, Leno, Lieu and Wolk as well as Assembly Members Gatto, Mullin, Quirk-Silva, and Ting.
Ballot Initiative Transparency Act Heads to the Assembly Floor
August 14, 2014
The Ballot Initiative Transparency Act (Senate Bill (SB) 1253, carried by pro Tem Darrell Steinberg), passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and now heads to the Assembly for a floor vote.
California Supreme Court Silences Voters
August 11, 2014
Today the California Supreme Court made a last-minute decision to halt the election for Proposition 49, ultimately blocking voters’ ability to express their views on one of our nation’s most pressing issues: the undue influence of money in our political process. Today was also the deadline for the California Secretary of State to send the voter information guide to the state printer. Given the Court’s decision, Proposition 49 will not appear on the November 2014 ballot.
Overturn Citizens United Act will appear on California’s November Ballot
July 16, 2014
Today the Governor confirmed that Senate Bill 1272, the Overturn Citizens United Act will become law without his signature. SB 1272 will place an advisory question on the November 2014 ballot to ask voters if Congress should amend the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
Redistricting Reform Breakthrough: Civil Rights and Democracy Organizations Unite Around: "Redistricting Principles for a More Perfect Union"
June 17, 2014
A diverse coalition of 16 civil rights and democracy organizations unveiled today a set of principles that should guide any process for drawing legislative lines.
Los Angeles Commission Recommends Moving Election Day
June 6, 2014
In Los Angeles, voter turnout rates are on the decline. Voter turnout in LA County for the Tuesday June 3rd Primary Election was 13 percent.
Governor Brown Signs SB 27 -- Sheds Light on Dark Money
May 14, 2014
Today Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, reforming the Political Reform Act of 1974 to further regulate campaign financing, adding the requirement that committees disclose donors of $1000 or more where those donations were solicited for the purpose of making contributions or expenditures in California.
Ballot Initiative Transparency Act -- to CLARIFY and SIMPLIFY California's initiative process -- Passes Senate Committee
April 22, 2014
With nearly eight in 10 California voters supporting improvements to the state's initiative process that increase clarity and provide voters more information, SB 1253 (Steinberg) was approved Tuesday by the State Senate's Elections Committee.
LA City Ethics Commission Approves Recommendations to Strengthen Public Financing System
April 17, 2014
Today the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission approved recommended changes to the matching funds program that would increase the match rate to 6:1 for both primary elections and general elections.
California Ranks 49th on Elections Performance Index
April 9, 2014
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts' latest Elections Performance Index (EPI), California ranks 49th in the first comprehensive assessment of election administration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Making Improvements to the Political Reform Act -- AB 800
April 3, 2014
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 800, authored by Assembly Member Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park) and advocated for by California Common Cause.
Again, U.S. Supreme Court Decides Against Democracy
April 2, 2014
McCutcheon ruling allows individuals to donate millions per election cycle, further drowning out voters' voices.
Report by Common Cause and the ACCE Institute Highlights Oil and Gas Industry Influence in Sacramento
April 1, 2014
A report released today by the ACCE Institute and Common Cause highlights the growing influence of the Oil and Gas Lobby in Sacramento.
Senate Bill 27 Passes the State Assembly
February 20, 2014
Today the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 27 with bipartisan, supermajority support (58 ayes -- 18 noes). This crucial campaign disclosure bill will go a long way toward California's campaign disclosure laws by closing the nonprofit reporting loophole.
Citizen's Caravan to State Capitol Message to Legislators: Just Say NO to ALEC
February 12, 2014
California Common Cause, along with our allies and members, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, February 12th 10:30 am on the West Steps of the state capitol to send off a citizen's caravan to deliver Just Say NO to ALEC letters to every legislator.
Coalition of Advocates to Screen "Inequality for All" for State Lawmakers
February 5, 2014
California Calls, California Labor Federation, CA Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Policy Link, and SEIU Local 1000, will be screening the documentary Inequality for All for a group of state lawmakers this evening in the State Capitol.
California Common Cause Urges Top Elections Officials and Candidates to "Stand Up for Everyone's Right to Vote"
January 28, 2014
"President Obama reminded Americans that �citizenship means standing up for everyone's right to vote,'" stated Leila Pedersen, Policy Coordinator at Common Cause California.
State Officials Received $200,000 in Gifts, Millions in Behests California Common Cause Report Highlights How Officials Benefit from Loopholes
December 20, 2013
A report released by California Common Cause examines personal finance statements submitted by California officials and highlights the extent to which gifts are used by interest groups and campaign slush funds to personally benefit policymakers. - See more at: http://www.kintera.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=6391549&ct=13536659#sthash.Z2TSiuQY.dpuf
California Levies Record Campaign Finance Fine After California Common Cause Complaint
October 24, 2013
City Of Long Beach Adopts Resolution To Support A Constitutional Amendment Overturning Citizens United
October 22, 2013
California Common Cause Releases Findings On Mayoral Candidate Fundraising: Neighborhoods Are Not So High Priority
October 21, 2013
Common Cause Applauds Professor Jessica Levinson's Appointment To La Ethics Commission
October 18, 2013
City Of Upland Speaks Out Against Citizens United
October 15, 2013
Statement From California Common Cause Regarding Governor Jerry Brown's Veto Of Senate Bill 3
October 8, 2013