Thursday, August 22, 2013

PORAC, CPF, Taxpayers Group Join to Stop Hidden Local Government Political Spending

Over the past few years, publicly-funded groups like the League of California Cities have spent more than $17 million in political campaigns.  Now the Legislature is debating Senate Bill 594 to shed light on this practice. According to Stop the Shellgame, a coalition of labor, taxpayers, and good government groups, the bill seeks to "open the books on millions of campaign dollars paid out by so-called “non-public funds” from taxpayer-financed non-profits, like the League of California Cities. It also strengthens state law to ensure that public dollars are not being diverted into a secret campaign war chest."  SB 594 is currently working its way through the Legislature.