This California bill would help improve disclosure of funding for ballot measure ads and independent ads supporting or opposing political candidates. It would require clear and prominent disclosure of the top three contributors to any such ads. It would also create new earmarking rules to make it clearer who the actual contributors are, in the event that contributions are passed through multiple layers of committees.
Ads paid for by candidate committees or political parties would not be required to comply with the new rules.
Introduced into the California Assembly on December 5, 2016. Referred to the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting.
The Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting voted 5-2 on April 26, 2017 to amend the bill and re-refer it to the same committee.
This bill failed to receive any further action by the June 2 deadline for bills to advance out of their houses of origin. It is therefore dead. However, in order to circumvent the deadline requirement, AB-249 was amended to delete all of that bill's original text and replace it with this bill's text, allowing the topic to continue to be considered in the California Senate.