“If these people want the people to realize this is a sham ,” said state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, R-Los Angeles, “then I agree with them,” said De Leon, the top Democrat on the Senate Elections Committee. ..”There’s a bunch of special interests who want to come out and smear our entire family,” said state Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Los Angeles. “I’m glad there are at least 30 races you can find.” The announcement and a second set of rules about tax returns – are a reaction to state Senate Bill 239, a Republican-crafted measure that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed in January. The law, which was drafted by the Republicans, requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to file tax returns in 2016 and 2017, as long as they disclose any source income from any source including private scholarships and interest, business or pensions. The law also requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates, if elected, to release a list of donors. It also takes effect Feb. 6. The law provides in its entirety: “Any person filing with the secretary of state or secretary of the Legislature on or after November 8, 2016, shall file with the secretary of state and the secretary of the Legislature a report of all campaign contributions or the income or indebtedness of which from the date of the person’s filing with the secretary of state or as long as the person accepts contributions from the public. . [Also,] any person filing with the secretary of state or secretary of the legislature on or after November 01, 1991, shall file with the secretary of state and the secretary of the legislature a report of all contributions received from the public in an aggregate value greater than $10,000 in an aggregate value less than $10,000 in the preceding calendar year. “A person shall not have a political appearance on any public election campaign of any party. The candidate shall not be qualified for a public office during the period leading up to the final debate before the general election. . If these people want to be seen, they should be giving this money,” said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, adding that he and fellow Senate Democrats may try to add pressure to Brown on the issue in 2018. He also suggested that the GOP has not been upfront enough about its intentions. “It’s very difficult with the whole thing about whether the GOP has done a good job of messaging about the tax returns,” Newsom said. “You can’t force a candidate to release the returns.” . Gov. Jerry Brown defended the law. “With the Legislature all of this time later we can make sure that the people understand.” But Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Santa Barbara and Democrat running for governor in 2018, said she does not like this new law. “It turns our state into a giant fundraising machine for private interests that want influence in our politics,” she said. And Democrats aren’t alone who are wondering what the GOP is trying to hide, with some accusing the Republicans and their allies of using a law that was inspired by a GOP ploy to influence voters in their 2009 gubernatorial race. In 2013, the state GOP, which controlled the Legislature then, commissioned pollster Jon Cohen to conduct the study of voter intentions; but the study found there was actually no voter initiative on the November ballot that would have “any impact” on the November ballot. Instead, that year voters approved a tax break to encourage oil, wind and solar companies to create jobs on state-run islands around the state but not off state-run islands, as was the position of the Legislature when bills were being worked on. They also backed a measure to prohibit cities or counties from passing local taxes to help pay for the state-run islands if they wanted the tax breaks.
Source: The Political Cartoons Database , October 19, 2017.
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