Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Campaign Funding Disclosure Law Takes a Second Swing
While running a mayoral campaign in the City of San Diego, Nathan Fletcher remains an active member of the California State Assembly. Along with primary sponsor Democrat Julia Brownley of Santa Monica, Fletcher last week threw his support behind Assembly Bill 1648, the DISCLOSE Act.
The new bill comes just weeks after the defeat of AB1148, which similarly would have required political ads endorsing or opposing a candidate or measure to disclose their top three funders, including a logo if the entity had one. According to Fletcher, the bill would also require campaign committees to host a website listing their top ten financial backers.
“People have a right to know who is funding political campaigns and where true support or opposition is really coming from,” Fletcher’s campaign told San Diego News Room, echoing a statement provided to the Reader after Fletcher cast the lone Republican vote in support of AB1148, which fell two votes short of achieving the two-thirds supermajority required for passage.
“Support for this issue is growing so significantly throughout the state and I believe we can overcome the two-thirds vote requirement to get this to the governor for his signature,” said Brownley regarding the introduction of the bill so soon after the similar measure’s recent defeat.
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