Proposition Summary

CALIFORNIA FAIR ELECTIONS ACT. This act repeals the ban on public funding of political campaigns. Creates a voluntary system for candidates for Secretary of State to qualify for a public campaign grant if they agree to limitations on spending and private contributions. Candidates would have to qualify before receiving the grant. Candidates who demonstrate sufficient public support would receive the same amount. Participating candidates would be prohibited from raising or spending money beyond the grant. There would be strict enforcement and accountability with published reports open to the public. Funded by voluntary contributions and a biennial fee on lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: Increased revenues (mostly from charges on lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers) totaling over $6 million every four years. These funds would be spent on public financing for campaigns of Secretary of State candidates for the 2014 and 2018 elections.

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Legislative Vote Results

Final Votes Cast By The Legislature on AB 583 (Proposition 15) (Chapter 735, Statutes of 2008), Senate: Ayes 21 Noes 18; Assembly: Ayes 42 Noes 32

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For Author

Jeannine English, California State President, AARP

Against Author

Deborah Howard, Executive Director, California Senior Advocates League

Rebuttal Author

T. Anthony Quinn, Ph.D., Former Commissioner, Fair Political Practices Commission

Rebuttal Against Author

Janis R. Hirohama, President, League of Women Voters of California