Nonprofit Disclosure Fails for Lack of Supermajority

Senator Lou CorreaMeasure to require donor disclosure for nonprofit political dies in Senate

by Brian Leubitz

Take a step into my TARDIS, way back to 2012, when a group of conservative nonprofit groups with connections to the Koch Brothers poured around $15 million into the efforts to defeat Prop 30 and pass Prop 32. Eventually, they settled for a record fine of over a million dollars, but hey, if you can get away with it, #AmIRight? What’s a million dollars between friends trying to monkey with democracy?

Well, a bill to fight just these sort of money laundering operations was working its way through the state Legislature. SB 27, introduced by Senator Correa would have required every ballot committee receiving more than $1 to disclose its top ten contributors.

I say was, because with the loss of the votes of Sens. Wright and Calderon and the current lack of Democratic supermajority, that measure seems to be on ice for a while. No Republicans would cross party lines and vote for public disclosure, so despite the passage in the Assembly, the measure goes nowhere. CORRECTION: A previous version of this post said a supermajority was required due to a requirement of constitutional amendments. However, SB 27 is not a constitutional amendment. Rather, the Political Reform Act of 1974 requires a 2/3 supermajority to make changes.

“Senate Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for voting to keep Californian’s in the dark about who is funding political campaigns,” said SoS candidate Derek Cressman.  “How anyone favoring fair and transparent elections could have no preference between the party of dark money and the party that voted unanimously for sunshine today is a mystery to me.”

One thought on “Nonprofit Disclosure Fails for Lack of Supermajority”

  1. Look, the Dems were elected to a Supermajority in the Nov. 2012 election.  Even with resignations, the Supermajority was in place again since March 2013; almost a full year now.  What went wrong?  Well 2 Dem State Senators are looking at serious prison time- Roderick Wright of Inglewood and Ron Calderon of Montebello.  So those clowns are not voting and their districts have no Senator.

    Quit blaming the Repugs.  The Dems had exactly what it wanted- and let it slip away through criminal acts.  You can blame Wright and Calderon.  You can blame Leadership for not pushing good public policy through while it held a Supermajority.  But to call out the folks who have always seen donations as private is just sour grapes imho.

    The problem still exists and the solution is a year away- re-gain the Supermajority and pass the dang legislation.

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