AB 1236 (Truth in the initiative process) will:
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AB 1236 (Truth in the initiative process) will:

  • Require petitions to contain a notice to the voter indicating whether the circulator is paid or a volunteer.

  • Disclose top 3 campaign contributors (major donors of $50,000 or more) on the face of petitions. Contributors would be identified using a name or phrase which clearly indicates their economic or other special interest. Voters want and need to know who is behind the initiative.

  • Create a ticker at the bottom of the screen of TV ads in which the names of the campaign committee’s top 3 contributors (major donors of $50,000 or more) are listed slowly and continuously throughout the commercial. Contributors would be identified using a name or phrase which clearly indicates their economic or other special interest. Provide injunctive relief to ensure greater protection against the use of phony front groups by requiring that TV ads which do not meet disclosure requirements be immediately removed from the air.

  • Disclose top 3 campaign contributors (major donors of $50,000 or more) in the ballot pamphlet. Contributors would be identified using a name or phrase which clearly indicates their economic or other special interest. Voters want and need to know who is behind the initiative.

  • Provide special ballot designation for Volunteer Qualified Initiatives (VQI). This designation would appear on all voter material (the ballot pamphlet and ballot) as a "good housekeeping seal of approval" - a label to signify to voters that real citizens invested their "sweat equity" to qualify a measure.








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