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CA Gov greeted the Supreme Court’s latest blow to campaign-finance law by signing a bill to enforce so-called “dark money” disclosures

CA Gov greeted the Supreme Court’s latest blow to campaign-finance law by signing a bill to enforce so-called “dark money” disclosures

CN) – Gov. Jerry Brown greeted the Supreme Court’s latest blow to campaign-finance law by signing a California bill to enforce so-called “dark money” disclosures.
     Assembly Bill 800, which Brown signed Thursday, aims to bolster the ability of the California Fair Political Practices Commission to enforce campaign-finance disclosures before and after elections.
     The bill makes several changes to the Political Reform Act of 1974, allowing the state commission to conduct audits and use injunction power to compel disclosure during elections. Prior to the bill, the FPPC was unable to audit committees until after the close of general elections.
     AB 800 also puts pre-election FPPC civil actions on a fast track to ensure that disclosures occur before Election Day.
     “Today California took a big step towards ensuring that campaign laws are followed before the election, when it matters,” FPPC executive director Erin Peth said in a statement . “AB 800 gives the FPPC additional tools it needs to get disclosure in the evolving world of campaign finance.”
     The FPPC, headed by a five-member commission, investigates alleged violations of the Political Reform Act – regulating campaign financing and spending, lobbyist registration and reporting, and financial conflicts of interest.
     “This is a serious blow to individuals trying to conceal the identities of major donors,” Peth added. “This bill enhances the FPPC’s ability to be proactive in making sure campaign finance laws are being complied with during the election, when they matter most.”

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