With over one billion dollars in anonymous and deceptive ads from Super PACS swamping the airwaves this year thanks to Citizens United, and a majority in Congress that’s stopping any reform, someone has to step up and start turning the tide.
And California has the chance to do it.
The state legislature is very close to passing California DISCLOSE Act (AB 1648), a bill sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign that would help shine a light on the shadowy donors who depend on secrecy to influence elections.
Click here to automatically sign the petition urging California legislators to pass the California DISCLOSE Act.
Under the California DISCLOSE Act, the names of the top three contributors to the groups running each ad would be clearly listed on the ads, along with their logos, every time the ad runs — meaning if Chevron or Philip Morris bankrolls a misleading spot, AB 1648 would unmistakably expose their scheme.
As you might expect, the California DISCLOSE Act is facing fierce opposition from special interests who want to keep hiding when they pay for political ads.
The good news is that Assembly Speaker John Perez has promised activists that he’ll make sure it passes the Assembly and gets into the Senate. But he has to act fast because time is running out.
As a Californian, you have an opportunity to expose secret money in state elections and start turning the tide on the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision.
Click here to automatically sign the petition urging Speaker Perez, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and all state legislators to do whatever it takes to pass the California DISCLOSE Act.
To be clear, what we really need is to get all corporate money out of politics, to roll back Citizens United, end corporate personhood and institute public financing of elections. And we are working hard toward those long term goals.
But in the interim, we must fight on all fronts, especially bringing more transparency to political spending.
While it won’t get rid of Super PACs or stop the onslaught of unlimited corporate election spending, the California DISCLOSE Act at least brings this spending out of the shadows — where we can expose it, and fight back.
This is a concrete step forward, and we should make sure we take it.
Click below to automatically sign the petition urging California legislators to pass the California DISCLOSE Act:
Thank you for speaking out.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets