September 25, 2015 •
California’s FPPC Opposes Bill Reducing Disclosure Requirements
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has come out in opposition to Assembly Bill 1544. This bill, currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature or veto, would change disclosure requirements for certain types of behested payments.
Currently, elected officials must disclose if an entity provides funding to a charity or government program based on the official’s request, including any funding coming from government agencies. Should the governor sign AB 1544, elected officials would no longer have to report payments provided by government agencies to nonprofit or for-profit groups when the purpose of the funding is primarily for a governmental or legislative purpose.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley, the bill’s sponsor, said disclosure should not be required when payments are sought from government agencies, as it is part of a legislator’s job to advocate for such grants and opportunities on behalf of his or her district.
The FPPC opposes the bill because eliminating these types of behested payments from disclosure requirements could result in the public not being informed of millions of dollars in behested payments to nonprofit and for-profit groups.
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