AB 84: Dumping money into politics in California
Indivisible CA: StateStrong, many Indivisible groups around the state, and all progressive good government organizations oppose AB 84 (Mullin), that would allow party legislative leadership the ability to create new campaign committees and give those committees unfettered power to direct unlimited funds to state candidate campaigns. The bill will be headed to the Senate floor early next week (August 20-21st) and likely quickly to the Assembly thereafter.
Look up your state legislators on our website and call your Senator now and make sure that they know that you oppose this bill and ask them to vote against it on the floor.
Hi, my name is ___________________ and I live in _________________. I am a constituent of Senator _____________.
I am calling to let the Senator know that I am strongly opposed to AB 84 that will give the party caucus chairs unfettered power to direct unlimited funds to state candidate campaign committees. This bill would lead to more corporate money flowing into our election system and consolidates far too much power in the legislative leadership. I fear that this could lead to my representatives being more responsive to leadership or corporate interests than to me and my fellow constituents.
Can I count on Senator _________ to vote NO on AB 84 when it is heard on the Senate floor next week?
- This bill allows the caucus of each political party in each house to establish a “legislative caucus committee” under the control and direction of the caucus leaders (Speaker of the Assembly, Assembly Minority Leader, Senate President pro Tempore, and Senate Minority Leader).
- The new committees would be able to accept contributions of up to $36,500 from individuals and businesses
- The caucus chairs would be allowed to use those funds to provide unlimited support to state candidate committees.
- Individuals and businesses would now have the ability to contribute $73,000 each to political party committees – $36,500 to each house caucus committee, thus allowing special interests access to legislators that average Californians cannot afford.
- There is no guarantee or oversight to ensure that the funds are spent in the public interest rather than for special interests.
- There is nothing to prevent the caucus leaders from transferring funds from the new committees to their own re-election campaign committees.
- The ability of caucus leaders to direct unlimited funds to incumbents’ campaign committees will make primary challenges to those incumbents even more difficult.
- This bill could result in legislative leadership having even more power over legislators. We worry that legislators could become more accountable to legislative leadership than their own constituents
- There are no fundraising restrictions on the new caucus committees, which could host events that give special interest groups unfettered access to legislators.
- Proponents claim that the bill will increase transparency in campaign finance by requiring monthly reports. However, this claim is misleading because current law already requires contributions to committees of $5,000 or more to be filed within 10 days of receiving the funds.