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Due to the devastating Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billions of dollars of hidden money is flooding this year's election. It's corrupting our democracy and making it impossible for voters and small donors to be heard. To its shame, Congress shows no sign of acting.
Right now, California has the chance to lead the nation in the fight to stop secret money from buying elections — which is why a national coalition of 20 groups — including some of the largest reform and activist groups in the country — has just launched a petition to demand that the California legislature and Governor Brown pass our two groundbreaking campaign reform bills, AB 700 and SB 1107.
AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act, authored by Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez and Marc Levine and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, will strike the biggest blow yet against secret money. It will require ballot measure ads and ads by Super PACs to clearly and prominently show their top three true funders on the ads themselves — the first bill in the nation to do so. It will finally stop corporations and billionaires who pay for ads from deceiving voters by hiding behind front groups.
SB 1107, authored by Senator Ben Allen and co-sponsored by California Money Campaign and California Common Cause, will remove California's archaic ban on public financing of campaigns. This will allow all California cities, counties, and the state itself to explore voluntary public financing systems to strengthen the public trust and amplify the voices of everyday Californians. Politicians spend far too much time fundraising and not enough time doing their jobs. We must force them out of the fundraising game and back to serving the people.
Sign the petition to the California Legislature and Governor Brown: Fight big secret money in politics by passing AB 700 and SB 1107!
AB 700 and SB 1107 have both made major progress in the legislature and are approaching their final hurdles. AB 700 passed the Assembly on an overwhelming vote of 60-15 with a record 9 Republicans joining every Democrat in voting Yes. SB 1107 passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 26-12 with one Republican joining 25 Democrats in voting Yes. Both bills have now also passed their first committees in the Senate and Assembly, respectively.
Both AB 700 and SB 1107 have gotten this far due to thousands of Californians like you emailing and calling their legislators. But special interests won't give up control easily, so we have to ramp up the pressure to push both bills through!
That's why one of the strongest national coalitions ever for a state reform bill has come together for this petition to demand the California legislature pass AB 700 and SB 1107:
California Clean Money Campaign
California League of Conservation Voters
Corporate Accountability International
Democracy for America
Friends of the Earth
Label GMOs - California's Grassroots
Money Out Voters In
People Demanding Action
People For the American Way
We all know California has a chance to lead the nation away from the dominance of secret money unleashed by Citizens United — and this petition demands that it does.
Here's what the petition to the California legislature and Governor Brown says:
"Due to the devastating Citizens United Supreme Court decision, astounding amounts of hidden special-interest money in elections continues to threaten our democracy.
Please lead the nation by passing two game-changing campaign reform bills: AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act, which makes it illegal for political ads to mislead voters about who's paying for them, and SB 1107, which allows public financing of campaigns so elected officials are accountable to voters, not Big Money donors."
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