Press Releases

Initiative Petition Disclosure Act introduced

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 2/17/17

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A new bill to require that initiative petitions circulated by paid signature gatherers must clearly disclose their top 3 funders was launched with the introduction of SB 651 by Senator Ben Allen. SB 651 is sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign.  Full story

2017 California DISCLOSE ACT Introduced by Assemblymembers Gomez and Levine

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 12/6/16

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A new effort to give voters the information they need by requiring significantly greater transparency in political ads was launched with the introduction of the 2017 California DISCLOSE Act by Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez and Marc Levine. The 2016 version, AB 700, was endorsed by more than 300 organizations and leaders, with 106,000 Californians signing petitions urging the legislature to pass it.  Full story

Governor Brown Signs Major Step Towards Citizen-Funded Elections

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 9/29/16

SACRAMENTO -- Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill giving all Californian jurisdictions the right to give their citizens a bigger voice in democracy by changing the way election campaigns are financed. SB 1107 amends California??™s antiquated ban on public financing of campaigns to allow local governments and the state to pass their own systems for citizen funding of election campaigns to magnify the voices of small donors and everyday voters.  Full story

Californians Lose As State Republican Senators Unite To Kill Landmark Political Reform

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 9/1/16

Sacramento, CA -- Despite overwhelming support from the public, including petition signatures from more than 106,000 Californians, the California State Senate yesterday failed for the final time to muster the two-thirds vote required to pass Assembly Bill 700 (Gomez-Levine), a landmark bill that would have shone a light on Dark Money and required the true funders of political ads to be disclosed on the ads themselves.  Full story

California Legislature Passes Bill Giving Localities and the State the Option to Create Systems for Citizen Funded Elections

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 9/1/16

SACRAMENTO -- Last night, the California legislature passed SB 1107, a bill to amend California's antiquated ban on public financing of campaigns and to allow local governments and the state to address special interests in politics by passing their own systems for citizen funding of election campaigns to magnify the voices of small donors and everyday voters.  Full story

Landmark disclosure bill, California DISCLOSE Act, AB 700, Passes Assembly

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 1/27/16

SACRAMENTO, CA -- With a bipartisan vote in the State Assembly today, California moved one step closer to enacting the nation's most comprehensive election disclosure law. Assembly Bill 700, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, requires all non-candidate campaign committees to clearly and prominently disclose the identity of their top three true funders on their campaign advertisements.  Full story

California Clean Money Action Fund Endorses "Voters' Right to Know Act"

California Clean Money Action Fund, Press Release, 12/2/15

CULVER CITY, CA -- The California Clean Money Action Fund announced its support of the Voters' Right to Know Act, a statewide ballot measure to give voters the information they need by requiring significantly greater transparency in political campaign spending. It will appear on the November 2016 ballot and establish California as a national model for campaign finance disclosure.  Full story

Overturn Citizens United Act moves to Governor Brown's desk

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 7/3/14

"On the last day of the legislative session before the 4th of July, in an important achievement for the national movement to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the California State Senate passed SB 1272, the Overturn Citizens United Act..."  Full story

California makes an official call for a U.S. Constitutional Convention to overturn Citizens United

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 6/23/14

Today, the State Senate passed AJR 1, making California the second state in the union to officially call for an Article V constitutional convention for the sole purpose of passing a United States constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn Citizens United...  Full story

Overturn Citizens United Act Passes California Senate

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 5/28/14

In an important achievement for the national movement to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the California State Senate today passed SB 1272, the Overturn Citizens United Act, which would allow Californians to vote in November 2014 to demand a U.S. Constitutional amendment that says corporations aren't people, and money isn't speech.  Full story

Bills Against Citizens United Added to 2013-2014 Clean Money Scorecard

California Clean Money Action Fund, Press Release, 5/23/14

The California Clean Money Action Fund announced that it is updating the California Clean Money Scorecard for 2013-2014 by adding two bills that call for overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings: SB 1272 (Lieu) and AJR 1 (Gatto).  Full story

Governor Brown Signs SB 27, Historic Bill Against Dark Money

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 5/13/14

SB 27, a bill that has national implications by requiring greater transparency from non-profit organizations that spend significant amounts on California campaigns, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.  Full story

Historic Victory over Dark Money as SB 27 Passes Senate and Goes to Governor's Desk

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 5/7/14

SACRAMENTO — SB 27, a bill that has national implications by requiring greater transparency from non-profit organizations that spend significant amounts on California campaigns, passed the full Senate today in an overwhelming and bipartisan 28-7 vote.  Full story

Initial Bills for 2013-2014 Clean Money Scorecard Announced

California Clean Money Action Fund, Press Release, 3/17/14

The California Clean Money Action Fund announced the bills that will be scored in the 2013-2014 California Clean Money Scorecard.? The scorecard rates legislators on how often they side with regular Californians by voting for key campaign finance reform and disclosure legislation that is overwhelmingly popular with voters.  Full story

Major Victory over Dark Money as SB 27 Passes Assembly Floor

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 2/18/14

Bill requiring non-profits to reveal their secret donors when they spend $50,000 on California elections passes Assembly floor on overwhelming vote of 58-18.  Full story

Historic Victory for Transparency as California DISCLOSE ACT, SB 52, Passes Senate Floor

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 5/30/13

SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, passed the full Senate yesterday in an overwhelming vote for increased disclosure in political ads as 27 Democrats, led by authors Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), were joined by Republican Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) in voting Yes.  Full story

Campaign for Disclosure of Secret Money in Political Ads Kicked Off With Rally for California DISCLOSE Act in Santa Ana

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 3/23/13

Fed-up with political ads that hide the special interests who pay for them, over 100 Orange County citizens and leaders attended the kickoff event for SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, in Santa Ana on Saturday to ask area Senate Elections Committee Chair Lou Correa and other leaders to support SB 52.   Full story

Good News: New Mexico Legislature Upgrades Its Public Financing System

Public Campaign, by Adam Smith, 3/14/13

"On Wednesday, the New Mexico State House followed the Senate, by a vote of 68-0, in passing legislation to update the state’s public financing system for judicial and Public Regulation Commission elections. It now heads to Governor Suzanna Martinez’s (R) desk . . ." The legislation is in response to the Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, in which the Court threw out so-called “trigger funds” that were an integral part of “Clean Elections” systems  Full story

New California DISCLOSE ACT, SB 52, Introduced by Senators Leno and Hill

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 12/20/12

A new effort to give voters the information they need by requiring significantly greater transparency in political ads was launched with the introduction of a new California DISCLOSE Act by Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill. Over 350 organizations and leaders endorsed the last version, with over 84,000 Californians signing petitions urging the legislature to pass it.   Full story

Los Angeles City Council Votes to Strengthen City's Public Financing of Campaigns

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 9/12/12

The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously voted to dramatically strengthen its matching funds system of public financing of campaigns in a comprehensive revision to the City's campaign finance laws.  Full story

Historic Victory for Transparency as California DISCLOSE ACT, AB 1648, Passes Assembly Floor

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 8/21/12

SACRAMENTO — AB 1648, the groundbreaking California DISCLOSE Act, passed the full Assembly yesterday by a solid majority of 50 to 26, moving on to the State Senate.   Full story

California Democratic Party Endorses AB 1648, the California DISCLOSE Act

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 7/30/12

ANAHEIM – Yesterday, less than two weeks after Republicans in the U.S. Senate filibustered the national DISCLOSE Act, the California Democratic Party added its voice to the statewide effort to pass the California DISCLOSE Act to allow voters in California to make better informed decisions by requiring the top funders of political ads to disclose their identity - on the ads themselves.  Full story

Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Endorses the California DISCLOSE ACT, AB 1648

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 4/10/12

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously endorsed the California DISCLOSE Act, AB 1648, adding its voice to the statewide non-partisan effort to help voters make better informed decisions...  Full story

Bipartisan Launch of new California DISCLOSE ACT Draws Endorsements from Leading Reform Groups

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 2/20/12

The League of Women Voters of California, California Common Cause, and California Church IMPACT joined the California Clean Money Campaign in endorsing AB 1648, the California DISCLOSE Act.  Full story

AB 1148 Falls Two Votes Short, But Sets Stage for Future Victory

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 1/31/12

SACRAMENTO — Earlier today, AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act, fell two votes short of the two-thirds supermajority that it required for passage. But it showed bipartisan support for real disclosure.   Full story

Groundbreaking Political Advertising Disclosure Bill Moves to Assembly Floor

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 1/23/12

"We are excited that a leader like Assembly Speaker P?rez has joined on as a co-author of AB 1148 in the fight for real transparency and disclosure in political advertising," said Trent Lange, President of the California Clean Money Campaign, the sponsor of AB 1148.   Full story

League of Women Voters of California Endorses AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE ACT

California Clean Money Campaign, Press Release, 7/29/11

Says real disclosure in political ads addresses a public need  Full story

California Church IMPACT endorses AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE ACT of 2012

Press Release, by California Clean Money Campaign, 6/24/11

California Church IMPACT representing 21 denominations with 1.5 million members within the mainline and progressive Protestant communities of faith is the latest major organization to support the injection of transparency into the election campaign process. The group joins the CCMC, California Common Cause & California Nurses Association in endorsing AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act.   Full story

City Council approves plan to elevate matching fund program

Press Release, by Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar, 11/2/10

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to place a “Voter-owned election” referendum on the March 2011 ballot in order to encourage more candidates to use the City’s matching fund program while limiting special interest influence.   Full story

California Democratic Party Endorses Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 4/19/10

"Proposition 15 is a good first step. When all elections are eventually fairly won, not bought, the state will be better able to improve our schools, address the budget crisis and iron out health care," said John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party.  Full story

California Labor Federation Endorses Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 4/14/10

 The 2.1 million member California Labor Federation today endorsed Proposition 15, the California Fair Election Act.  "Working people win with Fair Elections financing, because voters and volunteers are the currency of elections instead of big money," said California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski.  Full story

Sonoma County Residents Say Yes to Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 4/10/10

State Senator Mark Leno (D - San Francisco), Santa Rosa Mayor Susan Gorin, Cloverdale Mayor Carol Russell, Petaluma City Council Member David Glass came together with community leaders today to educate the Sonoma County community about Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act.  Full story

Monterey Bay Residents Say Yes to Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 4/4/10

Assembly Members Bill Monning (D-Carmel), John Laird (ret.) and Sally Lieber (ret.), Santa Cruz County Treasurer Fred Keeley (ret.), Santa Cruz City Council Members Tony Madrigal and Cynthia Mathews and 4th District County Supervisor Jane Parker came together with community leaders today to educate the Monterey Bay community about Proposition 15.  Full story

South Bay Residents Say Yes to Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 3/27/10

Assembly Members Jim Beall, Jr. (D-San Jose), Joe Coto (D-San Jose ), Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City), Sally Lieber (ret.) and Fred Keely (ret.), and community leaders came together today to educate the South Bay community about Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act.  Full story

Judge Strikes Misleading Argument Against Prop 15

Common Cause, Press Release, 3/15/10

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frankley today ordered the Secretary of State to remove a misleading portion of the opposition arguments to Proposition 15 when it appears in the official voters guide. The judge specifically ruled that the phrase “raise your taxes” must be removed because Prop 15 does not raise taxes on voters.  Full story

Ventura County Residents Say Yes to Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 3/14/10

Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica), Ventura County Supervisors Steve Bennett, Kathy Long, Linda Parks, and John Zaragoza, and California Nurses Association co-president Geri Jenkins, RN came together with community leaders today to educate the Ventura County community about Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act   Full story

Los Angeles Residents Say Yes to Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 3/11/10

State Senators Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) and Fran Pavley (D-Agora Hills), Assemblymembers Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) and Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Bill Rosendahl, Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd, and the Los Angeles community came together today to educate the Los Angeles community about Proposition 15.   Full story

Central and West Orange County Residents Say No to Elections Bought By Special Interests; Yes to Proposition 15

Yes on Proposition 15, by Californians for Fair Elections, 2/27/10

Former State Senator Joe Dunn, Reverend Minh Hanh Nguyen, and Californians for Fair Elections Chair Trent Lange join community leaders to support Proposition 15 on June ballot.  Full story

After Supreme Court Rules Elections Open to Highest Bidder, Bay Area Residents Kick-Off Campaign for Proposition 15

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 2/6/10

Elected officials and other community leaders came together today to educate the Bay-area community about Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act, a ballot proposition which would open up the political process.   Full story

California's Leading Reform Organizations to Chair California Fair Elections Campaign

Yes on Proposition 15, by Californians for Fair Elections, 1/11/10

The California Fair Elections campaign today announced that the League of Women Voters of California, the California Clean Money Action Fund, California Common Cause, and the California Nurses Association will co-chair the campaign to pass the California Fair Elections Act on the June 8, 2010 ballot.   Full story

Frustrated with Politics-As-Usual, Voters Ready to Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 10/22/09

A new statewide survey shows that voters are ready to change the way California politicians finance their election campaigns by approving the California Fair Elections Act on the June 2010 ballot.   Full story

California Fair Elections Campaign Statement on Today's Field Poll

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 10/13/09

"Today’s Field Poll is more evidence that Californians are ready to change the way we finance California elections.  The California Fair Elections Act on the June 2010 ballot would do start to make that change, and so represents the change voters want and the reform California sorely needs..."   Full story

Bay Area Leaders Say True Health Reform Requires Campaign Finance Reform

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 10/2/09

As the nation debates reforms necessary to make health care more accessible and affordable, State Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), the League of Women Voters of Oakland, the California Nurses Association and Health Care for All gathered today to call for the passage of the California Fair Elections Act to get insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and other anti-reform interests out of the business of funding political campaigns.   Full story

California's For Fair Elections' Statement on FPPC Report Showing More Than 325 Fundraisers Were Held This Year

Yes on Proposition 15, by Californians for Fair Elections, 9/16/09

Proponents of the California Fair Elections Act said today that a new report released by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) demonstrates precisely why California needs fair elections reform.   Full story

Poll Showing Californians Believe State is Run by a Few Big Interests Illustrates the Need for Fair Elections

Yes on Proposition 15, by Californians for Fair Elections, 9/11/09

The latest PPIC survey revealed that 73% of Californians say that the state government is "pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves" instead of "for the benefit of all the people...".   With the California Fair Elections Act, voters can be assured that elected officials are representing the people’s interests, not the special interests’.   Full story

California Fair Elections Campaign Announces Major Labor Endorsement

Yes on Proposition 15, by Californians for Fair Elections, 9/2/09

The California Fair Elections campaign today announced that the nation’s largest public employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), has joined the California Fair Elections Act’s (CFEA) growing list of endorsers.   Full story

Latino Leaders Tout California Fair Elections Act

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 8/14/09

Led by Assemblymember Hector De La Torre, Latino leaders came together today to educate the Southern California community about the California Fair Elections Act, a ballot proposition which would help level the playing field for Latino candidates running for elected office.   Full story

California Fair Elections Campaign Announces Endorsement by Leading California Health Care Group

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 7/30/09

The California Fair Elections campaign today announced that Health Care for All—California has joined the California Fair Elections Act’s (CFEA) growing list of endorsers.  Full story

California Fair Elections Campaign Comments on Budget Agreement

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 7/20/09

“The budget agreement announced today represents more of the same broken politics in Sacramento..  Fortunately, voters will have the chance to shake up business as usual by passing the California Fair Elections Act on the June 2010 ballot..."   Full story

California Fair Elections Campaign Announces Sierra Club Endorsement

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 7/16/09

The California Fair Elections Campaign today announced that the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots environmental organization, has endorsed the California Fair Elections Act, which will appear on the June 2010 ballot.  Full story

California Fair Elections Campaign Announces Resounding Support from Bay Area Legislative Leaders

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 6/22/09

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Fair Elections campaign today announced that twenty-one Bay Area legislators have joined the California Fair Elections Act’s (CFEA) growing list of endorsers.   Full story

Voters' Defeat of Special Election Measures Demonstrates Why California Needs Fair Elections

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 5/19/09

“Today’s special election results demonstrate clearly that voters are tired of Sacramento’s politics as usual...  The California Fair Elections Act represents the change voters want, and the reform California so badly needs.”   Full story

$1 Billion in Cash Hauled Down by Sacramento Politicians Demonstrates Need for Fair Elections

Yes on Proposition 15, Press Release, 4/13/09

Proponents of the California Fair Elections Act said that a new report released by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) today demonstrates precisely why California needs fair elections reform.   Full story