Bi-Partisan Support Helps AB 2188 Move to the Senate

Thursday, May 31, 2018

For Immediate Release - Contact: Susan Kennedy

May 31, 2018 - 916-319-2022 (W)

Mullin’s Social Media DISCLOSE Act Clears the Assembly Floor

Sacramento – AB 2188, the Social Media DISCLOSE Act has cleared the State Assembly and now moves to the Senate on a 58-7* bi-partisan vote. AB 2188 will extend current campaign finance disclosure requirements to political ads appearing on social media platforms.

 “Transparency is necessary for all political ads regardless of the platform where they appear,” Mullin stated. “Since people are getting their news and information via social media more and more frequently, these online platforms are becoming a major location for the placement of political advertising. Consequently, it is imperative that we put disclosure requirements in place that make it easier for voters to know the true funders behind such ads.”

 In 2017, Mullin authored AB 249 the DISCLOSE Act which gave California the strongest campaign finance disclosure law in the country. In spite of the significant step forward, there were indications that social media platforms were not included. As a result, it was necessary to introduce AB 2188 so the same requirements would be extended to social media and online platforms as well. The passage of AB 2188 would allow California; home to the majority of these technologies, to set the national standard for disclosure on social media.

 “California continues to see unprecedented spending on campaigns, with well over $1 billion spent on ballot measures between 2012 and 2016,” Mullin said. “Voters deserve to know who is truly funding ads for ballot measures and independent expenditures for and against candidates, regardless of where they appear. I appreciate the bi-partisan support for this bill in the Assembly and the ongoing efforts of grassroots organizations like the California Clean Money Campaign for their support of this bill.”

 "The more we find out about the extraordinary abuse of social media platforms by secret actors in our elections, the more it becomes clear that we must extend California's landmark California DISCLOSE Act to fully cover advertising on online platforms", said Trent Lange, President of the California Clean Money Campaign.  "So we are grateful to the leadership of AB 2188’s author Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin and to the overwhelming bipartisan majority of the Assembly for passing the Social Media DISCLOSE Act."

 *Floor vote as of 4:36 p.m. – May 31, 2018

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