When big business pays for a measure or a candidate, voters deserve to know. Check out our bold new transparency measures:

Social Media Disclosure Act: AB 2188 (Mullin – South San Francisco)

Summary: This bill follows up on last year’s AB 249, the California Disclose Act, which was a major victory for California Common Cause. AB 2188 requires all online social media platforms to include a “Who funded this ad?” link on all sponsored posts on social media websites. Clicking on the link will take the user to a list of top three funders of the ad. AB 2188 will create clear, informative disclosures on social media advertisements and provide the public with a convenient way to see who is funds political ads on social media.

Status: Passed Assembly Elections Committee, to Assembly Appropriations Committee. (as of May 7, 2018)

SB 651 (B. Allen – Santa Monica): Ballot Initiative Transparency

Summary: SB 651 will improve disclosure on ballot measure petitions by requiring circulated initiative, referendum and recall petitions to include — either on the petition or on a separate document — an updated, accurate disclosure of the committee that paid for the petition, plus that committee’s top 3 funders. The measures proponents may also list up to three other supporters of the measure, in order to show broader support. Understanding who is funding and who supports an initiative campaign can provide valuable context to registered voters, and may inform their decision to sign or to more closely inspect the circulated petition.

Status: Passed Assembly Appropriations, to Assembly floor. (as of May 7, 2018)

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