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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

California leads the nation in social media finance disclosure

The social media disclose act

Sacramento - Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Social Media DISCLOSE Act (AB 2188), another landmark campaign disclosure bill that makes California a national leader in the area of disclosure in online political ads.

"Last year, AB 249 (the DISCLOSE Act) set the standard for campaign finance disclosure for print, television and radio ads, generated for and against state initiatives and candidates," Mullin said. "AB 2188 extends those tough requirements to social media, giving voters the ability to see the top three funders of political ads on the various social media platforms."

Friday, September 7, 2018

(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) had a very productive 2017-2018 Legislative session. Among the measures he moved through the Legislature to the Governor’s desk include the Social Media Disclose Act, a measure to bring transparency to political ads on the Internet and on social medial platforms. “I am proud to author groundbreaking legislation in the area of campaign disclosure,” Mullin stated. Other areas where Mr. Mullin made a legislative impact this year include child care, early childhood education, and aid to homeless neighbors.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin’s elections legislation headed to Governor Brown reflects his commitment to disclosure in political ads, voter accessibility, empowerment and engagement.

AB 2188, The Social Media DISCLOSE Act, will be a nation leading campaign finance disclosure law on political ads appearing on social media platforms. After the 2016 election, it became increasingly clear that while political ads appearing on social media platforms had significant influence on voters, they were largely unaware of who was paying for them. 

“Campaign ads on social media have taken on a life of their own,” Mullin stated. “AB 2188 extends the requirements of AB 249 (the DISCLOSE Act) to social media, giving voters the ability to see the top three funders of political ads on the various social media platforms.”

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018

I chose to author AB 84 (Legislative Leadership Committees) because of my role as Assembly Speaker pro Tem, as well as my commitment to disclosure, transparency and the need to counter unlimited money that pours into campaigns from Independent Expenditure Committees and SuperPacs. Until we can overturn the Citizen’s United decision, or reach an agreement on the public financing of campaigns, I felt AB 84 provided a viable option given the increased reporting requirements and disclosure it required, as well as abiding by the existing limits on donations to similar party committees.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bipartisan request receives unanimous support from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee

SACRAMENTO – Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) led a bipartisan coalition of legislators including, Assembly Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron (R-Escondido), Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), in requesting an audit of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) to investigate the organization’s enforcement activities, adherence to its mission, funding and operational needs and structure.