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  CALL TO ACTION - OPPOSE AB 1430

Ask the Governor to Veto Restrictions
on Campaign Finance Reform

September 18, 2007

AB 1430 (Garrick), a bill which would gut local campaign finance regulations and preempt them with more lax state regulations, has been passed by the Legislature and is on the Governor' desk.

ACTION NEEDED: Please contact Governor Schwarzenegger and ask him to veto AB 1430. You can send an e-mail. If you wish, copy the points below into the Web form; leave the subject line blank. Phone and fax information is available on the Governor's Web site by clicking CONTACT. Forward this alert to as many friends and colleagues as you can.

POINTS TO MAKE:

  • AB 1430 would make it essentially impossible for a local jurisdiction to regulate campaign communications from organizations, including political parties, to their members. Cities and counties are concerned that large contributions to political parties for such communications can be used to circumvent contribution limits. This bill would prohibit a local government from limiting such payments or placing restrictions on their source, and would leave the door open for even broader prohibitions.
  • AB 1430 could restrict a municipality s ability to require reporting of certain expenditures, lessening the information available to the public and interfering with existing campaign finance regulatory procedures.
  • AB 1430 is an inappropriate restriction on the ability of local governments to regulate their own elections. Contributions to parties for spending on candidates to elective state office are limited in state law. There is no reason why similar limitations at the local level should not be allowed, should a municipality choose to impose them.
  • AB 1430 imposes one-size-fits-all disclosure laws for local elections. AB 1430 s prohibitions cover not only contribution limits, but disclosure as well.

LEAGUE POSITION:

The League of Women Voters believes that the methods of financing political campaigns should ensure the public s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Chris Carson, LWVC Government Director.

KEEP US INFORMED: Send an e-mail to let us know what action you have taken and any responses you have received.

 

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