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Campaign disclosure bill subject of Saturday rally

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 6:43 pm in campaign finance, Election reform.

Proponents of pending legislation that would  mandate prominent disclosure of the interests and money behind political TV, radio, print, and slate mailer ads will hold a kick-off event Saturday in Oakland.

Members of the California Clean Money Campaign, State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and others will promote the California DISCLOSE Act, or Assembly Bill 1148, scheduled for committee hearing in Sacramento on Jan. 9.

The Oakland event will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, at  Oakland City Hall, Room 1, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Here’s the full notice:

Oakland Event Features California State Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski

 Oakland – On Saturday January 7th, California DISCLOSE Act supporters from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will gather to hear Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski call attention to the non-partisan AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act. All are welcome at the event which will highlight the enormous impact of hidden ballot measure spending on California government and the need for better disclosure requirements.

AB 1148, authored by Assemblymember Julia Brownley, will mandate clear and prominent disclosure of who is behind political TV, radio, print, and slate mailer adds, on the ads themselves, for both ballot measures and independent expenditures for and against candidates. It will prevent special interests from hiding behind deceptive committee names by requiring ads to show their actual largest contributors.

The Field Poll released on October 13th of 1,001 registered California voters showed overwhelming support for the kinds of disclosure requirements in AB 1148. 84% said they favored legislation to “increase the public disclosure requirements of initiative sponsors to more clearly identify who are its major funders”. Support was across the board, including 78% of Republicans, 86% of Democrats, and 88% of Independents.

Trent Lange, President of the California Clean Money Campaign, the sponsor of AB 1148, will describe how the California DISCLOSE act works and outline the statewide campaign to pass the bill. Additional speakers include Michelle Romero of Greenlining Institute and our MC, Oakland City Councilmember Pat Kernighan.

AB 1148 will be heard and voted on in the Assembly Elections Committee on January 9th. Similar campaign kickoffs are occurring Palo Alto at the Unitarian Universalist Church for the Penninsula / South Bay Area on January 7th from 2 PM to 4 PM and in San Francisco at the San Francisco Main Library on January 8th from 2-4pm.

The AB 1148 Campaign Kickoff is open to the public – refreshments will be served. Free garage parking is available on Clay Street.

 What: AB 1148 Legislative Campaign Kickoff

Where: Oakland City Hall, Room 1, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

When: Saturday January 7th, 10 a.m. to noon

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

Sponsor: California Clean Money Campaign. Co-Sponsors: California Common Cause, Greenlining Institute, League of Women Voters Oakland, League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, League of Women Voters of Livermore – Amador Valley, League of Women Voters of the Eden Area and many others too numerous to be announced here.

The California Clean Money Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians.

 RSVP to www.YesFairElections.org or 925-426-2412

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  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Cool. Let’s find out how much union money backs Hancock and much Solyndra helped Bob W. as well.

  • John W

    As I read the summary, the proposal would cover unions too. They need to define disclosure.

    They need to define “prominent disclosure.” It’s useless if the text is too small to read with a magnifying glass and is displayed for a nanosecond, or if a voice disclosure on a radio or TV ad is read at a zillion words per second.

  • Elwood

    @ #2

    A useless law from the CA leg.?

    Who could imagine such a thing?