California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 800


Introduced by Assembly Member Gomez

February 26, 2015


An act to amend Section 304 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 800, as introduced, Gomez. Campaign advertising or communications.

The Elections Code defines “campaign advertising or communication” to mean a communication authorized by a candidate or specified committee for the purpose of advocating the election or defeat of a qualified candidate or ballot measure through any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising facility, direct mailing, or any other type of general, public, political advertising. The Elections Code makes specified provisions of the Civil Code, relating to libel and slander, fully applicable to any campaign advertising or communication, as defined.

This bill would specify that “campaign advertising or communication” includes a communication authorized by a candidate or specified committee for the purpose of advocating the election or defeat of a qualified candidate or ballot measure through Internet advertising.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 304 of the Elections Code is amended to
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304.  

“Campaign advertising or communication” means a
4communication authorized by a candidate or a candidate’s
5controlled committee, as defined in Section 82016 of the
6Government Code, or by a committee making independent
7expenditures, as defined in Section 82031 of the Government Code,
8or by a committee formed primarily to support or oppose a ballot
9measure, as defined in Section 82047.5 of the Government Code,
10for the purpose of advocating the election or defeat of a qualified
11candidate or ballot measure through any broadcasting station,
12newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising facility, direct mailing,
13begin insert Internet advertising,end insert or any other type of general, public, political
14 advertising.



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