December 26, 2007
Pursuant to Elections Code Section 9005, we have
reviewed the proposed statutory initiative related to public resources
for political campaigns (A.G. File No. 07‑0085).
Law. Under current
law, government entities are prohibited from making political
contributions (for candidates or issue advocacy). Nonprofit and similar
types of organizations, however, are authorized to make political
contributions (subject to reporting requirements, contribution limits,
and federal tax status). Some of these organizations receive dues or
other voluntary payments from state or local government entities.
Measure’s Provisions. This measure
restricts organizations that receive any funds from public sources from
making political contributions (for candidates or issue advocacy). The
measure also makes violation of this provision a felony, subject to
fines and/or prison sentences.
The state and local government law enforcement
agencies could experience minor increased costs to enforce the measure’s
provisions, partially offset by increases in revenues from any
Fiscal Summary. This measure would
have the following fiscal impact:
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