Action – “YES” on AB 1217 Issue Ad DISCLOSE Act! It’s up for a full Assembly vote!
AB 1217 – Issue Ad DISCLOSE Act will require “issue” ads to list their top 3 funders like other political ads do. It also closes the loophole that allows attack ads on candidates to avoid disclosure if they don’t “expressly advocate” for the defeat or election of a candidate (the so-called “sham issue ads” loophole). Over $26 million has been spent on electioneering communications since 2010! AB 1217 will also require them to show their top 3 funders, if they even name or depict a candidate during the 120-day period before the election.
Legislation on every issue you care about is vulnerable to these deceptive “issue” ads that often make false claims, and can fool the voters and pressure the legislature. And they do it while hiding the real names of the funders behind good sounding and misleading names. Here’s some examples you may remember…
- “Progressive Bag Alliance“, funded by out of state plastic bag manufacturers, attacked a bill to ban single-use plastic bags!
- “California Drivers Alliance“, funded by Big Oil, attacked a carbon-reduction bill.
- “CALInnovates“, funded by Big Cable and Telecom, attacked 2018’s net neutrality bill.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I’m urging Assemblymember [___] to support AB 1217 – the Issue Ad DISCLOSE Act, to bring real transparency to our elections.