Last weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 249 (Mullin), also known as the California DISCLOSE Act, into law. The DISCLOSE Act makes significant changes to the advertising disclosure requirements under California’s Political Reform Act (PRA), including new donor disclosure requirements for organizations that engage in ballot measure advocacy.
AFJ hosted a webinar to explain what a newly passed law in California, SB 27, means for nonprofits that support or oppose ballot measures. We hope that the changes in the law will allow more nonprofits to weigh in on ballot measures in California, now and in the future.
AFJ has been closely following a San Francisco lobbying ordinance that was first proposed about a year ago. The latest version of the ordinance has been unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and awaits the signature of Mayor Ed Lee.
Last week Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 27, which changes the reporting rules for nonprofit organizations that spend money to influence candidate and ballot measure elections in California. The bill contained an urgency clause making it effective July 1, 2014; however, it limits disclosure of donor information for some donations received before July 1.
Proposed changes could hamper vital nonprofit participation in policy debates.
New regulations went into effect earlier this month that require 501(c)(4) nonprofits to report more extensive and detailed information about their advocacy activities.
The Wyden-Murkowski bill would regulate “significant” independent electoral spending nonprofits and others.
501(c)(4)s have every right to engage in political activity – as long as it is not their primary activity.
Nonprofit groups hoping for more clarity on who constitutes “a clearly identified candidate” will be disappointed by last week’s court decision.
We look at the impact of today’s ruling overturning the March decision in Van Hollen v. FEC.