Signed today by California's Governor Jerry Brown, AB 249, a landmark bill against secret money in politics authored by Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin and supported by more than 100,000 others!
"It took us nearly seven years," said the president of the California Clean Money Campaign, "but working together, our grassroots and coalition campaign just put into law by far the strongest disclosure law in the nation. No other law requires the top three funders of political ads to be shown clearly and prominently on a solid black background on TV ads. No other law requires true funders to be disclosed on ads even if they try to hide behind layers of front groups. It's the first law anywhere to make it illegal to purposefully deceive voters about who pays for political ads."
Forty nine more states to go.
An important step!
Cue Republican court challenge in 3... 2... 1...
Will the Supremes again find that citizens' right to "free speech" includes being exposed to absolutely unrestricted political ads, even if funding information is absent or deceptive?
Sounds great to me.
Even getting the few blue states to pass this would be a start.
Tom, when you allow your good and decent nature to show your genius reveals itself. I respect your political experience and good judgment.