We helped California pass stronger disclosure requirements.
The explosive growth of SuperPACs, able to accept unlimited donations and in many cases to conceal their donors, has transformed campaign finance.
In 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, secret donors put more than $310 million into campaigns for President and Congress. Millions more went into campaigns for state offices across the country and in our very own Golden State.
Access to information is vital in protecting against this increasing influence of special interest money in politics. That’s why California Common Cause works to increase transparency by improving California’s campaign finance and disclosure system.
In 2017, we joined with California Clean Money Campaign to lobby for and successfully pass the California DISCLOSE Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The DISCLOSE Act requires ballot measure ads and independent expenditure ads to prominently list their top three funders on the ads themselves, stopping dark money interests from buying our elections.