All posts filed under: Money out of Politics

Update From the California Clean Money Campaign

Take Action to Show Support for Real Disclosure Governor Brown Signs One Disclosure Bill (SB 594) and Vetoes Another (SB 3) This month showed both the challenges and progress revealing hidden Big Money donors in California. Governor Brown vetoed a disclosure bill we told you about, yet he signed another. Plus, early next year we face our highest hurdle yet on big disclosure bills like the California DISCLOSE Act. Show you stand with the California Clean Money Campaign in our fight for campaign disclosure: Mixed News: Governor vetoes Sunshine in Campaigns Act bill (SB 3), but requests action We asked you to support SB 3, a bill to begin replacing California’s outmoded online lobbying and campaign finance disclosure system, and you did! Yet, despite hundreds of phone calls, over 8,100 petition signatures, and an editorial by the Los Angeles Times urging him to sign, Governor Brown vetoed SB 3. Authored by Senators Leland Yee and Ted Lieu, and sponsored by California Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of California, SB 3 was the …

California DISCLOSE Act Passes its First Hurdle!

Last week, SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, passed through the Senate Elections Committee. This was a first crucial step in fighting back against unlimited secret funding in political campaigns! Authored by Senators Mark Leno and Jerry Hill and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, SB 52 will require political ads to clearly and prominently show their top three funders so that voters know who is behind them. Last week was an amazing showing of grassroots and organizational support for SB 52. Nearly 120 people from all around the state came to testify in the Senate Elections Committee in favor of SB 52. That made quite an impression in the Capitol — and after everybody testified, SB 52 passed the committee on a 4-1 vote! Senate Elections Committee Chair Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Senators Alex Padilla (D-Van Nuys), Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) all voted Yes. Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) voted no, ignoring the 84% of the voters who want more information about who funds ballot measures. Organizations testifying …

Apr 27 – Scott Peters at Pt. Loma Masonic Hall: Congress on Your Corner

Join Congressman Scott Peters at this month’s Congress on Your Corner! WHERE Pt. Loma Masonic Hall 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107 WHEN Saturday, April 27th, 10.30 am – 12.00 pm • Town Hall – 10.30 am-11.30 am • Congressman and District Staff available for questions –11.30 am-12.00 pm For more information contact the district office (858) 455-5550

A Resolution of the Council of the City of San Diego in Support of a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

We had a great turnout on Sunday, March 24 to hear Dianne Lane and Pam Page describe how they convinced the San Diego City Council to pass – with an unanimous vote – WOSD MOP’s resolution to reverse ‘Citizens United’ and Amend the Constitution. We learnt a lot about the process and the professionalism and courtesy of staff of the council members, or not. Below is the full text of the resolution passed by the Council on December 18, 2012 and here is a PDF of the Resolution. A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED. WHEREAS, free and fair elections are essential to American democracy and effective self-governance; and WHEREAS, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the United States Supreme Court held that independent spending on elections by corporations and other groups could not be limited by government regulation, a decision that allows for unlimited corporate spending in elections; and WHEREAS, in reaching its decision in Citizens United, the Supreme Court interpreted the First Amendment …