Add your name to tell California's Legislature and Governor Brown: Fight Big Secret Money in Politics

To: California's Legislature and Governor Brown

Due to the devastating Citizens United Supreme Court decision, astounding amounts of hidden special-interest money in elections continues to threaten our democracy. Please lead the nation by passing two game-changing campaign reform bills: AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act, which makes it illegal for political ads to mislead voters about who's paying for them, and SB 1107, which allows public financing of campaigns so elected officials are accountable to voters, not Big Money donors.

As You Sow
California Clean Money Campaign
California League of Conservation Voters
Common Cause
Corporate Accountability International
Courage Campaign
Daily Kos
Democracy for America
Environmental Action
Friends of the Earth
Money Out Voters In
People Demanding Action
People For the American Way
Sandra Fluke

More than $1 billion was spent on California campaigns in the last two elections, much of it hiding behind misleading names. It’s corrupting our democracy and making it impossible for voters and small donors to be heard.

Right now, California has the chance to lead the nation in the fight to stop secret money from buying elections, and to restore balance to our democracy by passing two groundbreaking campaign reform bills.

AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act, authored by Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez and Marc Levine, will strike the biggest blow yet against secret money. It will require ballot measure ads and ads by Super PACs to clearly and prominently show their true funders on the ads themselves – the first bill in the nation to do so. It will finally stop corporations and billionaires who pay for ads from deceiving voters by hiding behind front groups.

SB 1107, authored by Senator Ben Allen, will remove California's archaic ban on public financing of campaigns. This will allow all California cities, counties, and the state itself to explore voluntary public financing systems to strengthen the public trust and amplify the voices of everyday Californians. Politicians spend far too much time fundraising and not enough time doing their jobs. We must force them out of the fundraising game and back to serving the people.

Special interests won't give up control easily, so please sign and share the petition demanding the legislature pass these laws now!