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Push for more disclosure on state political ads dies in Legislature
Push for more disclosure on state political ads dies in Legislature

Democratic legislative leaders on Friday pulled a bill that would have required greater disclosure of the major financial supports of political advertising for ballot measures, saying the measure did not have the votes to pass this session. The bill, SB 52, would have required the three largest financial backers of television and print advertisements, and the two largest backers of radio and robocall ads, to be clearly identified. The intent of the bill was to prevent financial backers from hiding their identities by having their financial support funneled through obscure political committees. The measure needed a two-thirds vote to pass in both the Senate and Assembly, which it did...

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