California Campaign Disclosure Bills Closer to Passing - State and Federal Communications

February 21, 2014  •  

California Campaign Disclosure Bills Closer to Passing

Sacramento Capitol

Lawmakers approved a pair of bills to strengthen the authority of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and require political nonprofits to reveal their donors. The Assembly approved Senate Bill 27, requiring tax-exempt nonprofits actively involved in elections to comply with campaign finance reporting requirements.

The bill also requires campaign committees raising more than $1 million to maintain an accurate list of the top 10 contributors of $10,000 or more. Those lists would be placed on the FPPC website before elections.

The Senate approved Assembly Bill 800 to give the FPPC more enforcement powers including the ability to audit campaign reports before elections and for two years after elections. Both bills return to their original house for votes on amendments.

If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the changes would be effective July 1, 2014.

Photo of the California State Capitol courtesy of Sascha Brückon Wikimedia Commons.


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