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Should Political Ad Donors be Disclosed?

AB 1148, the California Disclosure Act, goes before the State Assembly Tuesday. If approved, it would require that the largest campaign donors be disclosed in TV, radio, web and printed political ads.

Public interest groups are urging citizens to back a bill up for a vote Tuesday in the California Assembly that would require the disclosure of large donors to political ads seen by voters across the state.

Under AB 1148, also known as the California Disclose Act, the three largest donors to political advertising on TV and radio as well as those in mailers and Web sites would need to be named.

"This would be a huge win for democracy in California, allowing citizens to give proper weight to the different messages they hear and make informed decisions at the ballot box," said MapLight, a nonprofit that tracks the influence of money in politics, in an email message to supporters.

The California Chamber of Commerce has announced its opposition, dimming its prospects, the San Jose Mercury-News stated.

However, the measure has been scheduled for a full vote in the assembly. 

Voters who want to share their thoughts on the proposal with Assemblymember Tim Donnelly can e-mail him through his website.

Donnelly voted against AB 1148 in an Appropriations Committee hearing two weeks ago.

Natalie Ragus January 31, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Transparency is key. That's the reason why Patch editors have to put their basic political and religious beliefs on record. How can a person make a truly informed choice to trust a message or not if they don't know who the message comes from? That said, before going to the polls, people really should be doing independent research on the issues to educate themselves.
Ross S. Heckmann January 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM
This law is a good step in the right direction. Don't trust anyone who wants to keep you in the dark about who's paying for expensive political advertising.

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