Assemblymember Levine’s Bill to Require the Disclosure of Major Donors of Ballot Initiative Committees Goes to the Governor

Friday, September 15, 2017

(Sacramento) - AB 249, the DISCLOSE Act, authored by Assemblymember Levine (D-Marin County), passed both houses of the legislature today and is headed to the Governor’s desk. The bill requires the top three funders of ballot initiative committees paying for an advertisement be disclosed in a clear and noticeable manner for television, video, radio, print and web sites.

“Special interests hide behind ballot initiative committees with misleading names to prevent the public from knowing their donors.”  Assemblymember Levine said. “Voters deserve to know which special interest is spending money to influence them on ballot initiative campaigns.” 

Between 2012 and 2016, nearly $1 billion was spent on ballot measure campaigns. Often campaign committees spend this money and use misleading names to hide the true donors of the campaign. The Clean Money Campaign has been trying to pass the DISCLOSE Act for seven years. This is the first time the bill has been sent to the Governor’s desk. 

Assemblymember Levine has jointly authored three of the DISCLOSE Act bills, including AB 700 from 2016 and AB 14 earlier this year.

Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.