BILL NUMBER: SB 52	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senators Leno and Hill

                        DECEMBER 20, 2012

   An act relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 52, as introduced, Leno. Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign
disclosures.
   Existing law, the Political Reform Act of 1974, provides for the
comprehensive regulation of campaign financing, including requiring
the reporting of campaign contributions and expenditures and imposing
other reporting and recordkeeping requirements on campaign
committees. Existing law makes a knowing or willful violation of the
Political Reform Act of 1974 a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to
criminal penalties.
   This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact
legislation that would strengthen the Political Reform Act of 1974
and the campaign disclosure requirements within that act to require
that advertisements disclose specified funding, expenditure, and
issue advocacy information in a manner that clearly and unambiguously
identifies the three largest major donors.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  This act shall be known as the California Disclose Act.

  SEC. 2.  It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation
that would strengthen the Political Reform Act of 1974 and the
campaign disclosure requirements within that act to require that
advertisements disclose the largest funders of all political
television, radio, print, and other forms of advertising for ballot
measures, independent expenditures, and issue advocacy in a manner
that clearly and unambiguously identifies the three largest major
donors.