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Promoting Transparency and Fairness

League of Women Voters of the Redding Area is having a FREE public forum Promoting Transparency and Fairness in Elections on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 3-5 p.m. at the Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave, Redding, CA.

Jay Weirenger, Communications Director of the Fair Political Practices Commission, and Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, will speak and be available for questions.

In 1974 a California ballot measure Proposition 9 (known today as The Political Reform Act) passed. This initiative created the Fair Political Practices Commission.  Proposition 9 banned anonymous contributions of $100 or more and established extensive campaign disclosure laws.

“The mission of the Fair Political Practices Commission is to promote the integrity of state and local government in California through fair, impartial interpretation and enforcement of political campaign, lobbying and conflict of interest laws.”

The underlying theory behind campaign disclosure is that an informed electorate will vote against the candidate or proposal having financial alliances adverse to the public interest. In addition, candidates are less likely to accept a contribution from a source with whom they do not want to be identified.

Through their Transparency, Top Contributors portal one can find out who contributed to California Ballot Propositions in last year’s 2016 elections.

Each year, the California State Legislature introduces, debates, and approves legislation to amend the Political Reform Act. On this Pending Legislation page, the public can find all the Political Reform Act-related bills and positions taken by the Commission.

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