Statement From California Common Cause Regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s Veto Of Senate Bill 3

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October 8, 2013

Phillip Ung (916) 520-4070

Statement from California Common Cause regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s Veto of Senate Bill 3

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 3, the lone campaign finance bill on his desk. However, the Governor agreed with campaign finance advocates that the need to replace the outdated Cal-Access disclosure system was sorely needed.

From the Governor’s veto message: “There is no doubt the current system – widely viewed as outdated and cumbersome – needs upgrading. I am therefore, directing the Government Operations Agency to consult the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Secretary of State and come back to me with recommendations on the best way to improve campaign disclosure.”

Statement from Phillip Ung, policy advocate and spokesperson for California Common Cause:

“Although we disagree with Governor Brown on the need for treasurer training, we nonetheless see Senate Bill 3 as a victory for campaign disclosure. The Governor’s admission that Cal-Access is ‘outdated and cumbersome’ and the executive actions he has taken are a step forward to improving transparency in our elections. This action would not have been taken without the pressure from the Legislature, voters, and organizations like Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of California who worked together across party lines to pass Senate Bill 3.”