SACRAMENTO-The Assembly approved a measure Thursday that would ramp up disclosure requirements for nonprofit groups and other organizations that spend money in California campaigns, a response to a infamous multimillion-dollar anonymous donation in 2012.
The measure, by Sen.
The bill would also require the Fair Political Practice Commission to post on their website lists of the top contributors to committees that raise $1 million or more to weigh in on ballot measures.
The proposal is part of a slate of campaign finance bills that were introduced after an $11-million donation by an Arizona nonprofit group made headlines in 2012. The money was sent to a California committee working to combat Gov.
An FPPC investigation found that by the use of nonprofit groups as a conduit illegally obscured the origin of the donation.
"The true, original source of this campaign money was never officially disclosed to the public," said Assemblyman
Correa's measure "will ensure that voters get this information in a timely manner, no many hands the money passes through," Gordon said.
Republicans opposed the measure, arguing the disclosure requirements could infringe on donors' privacy.
"You have a right to participate in this democracy. You have a right to do it anonymously," said Assemblyman
"We don't want to chill 1st Amendment rights," he added.
Democrats flexed their supermajority muscle to pass the bill, SB 27, which required a two-thirds margin, 54 votes, to pass. All 55 Democrats voted aye.
The measure now returns to the Senate for final passage.
A separate campaign finance bill passed the Senate on Thursday which would measure make it easier for the FPPC to conduct investigations before an election is held. The measure, AB 800 by Gordon, now heads back to the Assembly.