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AB-1648 Political Reform Act of 1974: advertisements: disclosure.(2011-2012)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 84305.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84305.5.
 (a) No A  slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures shall not  send a slate mailer unless: unless the slate mailer complies with all of the following: 
(1) The name, street address, and city of the slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures are shown on the outside of each piece of slate mail and on at least one of the inserts included with each piece of slate mail in no less than 8-point roman type type,  which shall be in a color or print which that  contrasts with the background so as to be easily legible. A post office box may be stated in lieu of a street address if the street address of the slate mailer organization or the committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measure measures  is a matter of public record with the Secretary of State’s Political Reform Division.
(2) At the top or bottom of the front side or surface of at least one insert insert,  or at the top or bottom of one side or surface of a postcard or other self-mailer, there is a notice in at least 8-point roman boldface type, which shall be in a color or print which that  contrasts with the background so as to be easily legible, and in a printed or drawn box and set apart from any other printed matter. The notice shall consist of the following statement:

NOTICE TO VOTERS
NOTICE TO VOTERS

THIS DOCUMENT WAS PREPARED BY (name of slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures), NOT AN OFFICIAL POLITICAL PARTY ORGANIZATION. Appearance in this mailer does not necessarily imply endorsement of others appearing in this mailer, nor does it imply endorsement of, or opposition to, any issues set forth in this mailer. Appearance by each candidate and ballot measure that is designated by an * has been paid for.


THIS DOCUMENT WAS PREPARED BY (name of slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures), NOT AN OFFICIAL POLITICAL PARTY ORGANIZATION. Appearance in this mailer does not necessarily imply endorsement of others appearing in this mailer, nor does it imply endorsement of, or opposition to, any issues set forth in this mailer. Appearance is paid for and authorized by each candidate and ballot measure which is designated by an *.
(3) The name, street address, and city of the slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures as required by paragraph (1) and the notice required by paragraph (2) may appear on the same side or surface of an insert.
(4)  (3)  (A)    Each candidate and each ballot measure that has paid to appear  for which the slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures has received payment to include the candidate or ballot measure  in the slate mailer is designated by an *. Any A  candidate or ballot measure that has not paid to appear  for which the slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures has not received payment to include the candidate or ballot measure  in the slate mailer is shall  not be  designated by an *.
(B)  The * required by this subdivision paragraph  shall be of the same type size, type style, color or contrast, and legibility as is used for the name of the candidate candidate,  or the ballot measure name or number and position advocated advocated,  to which the * designation applies applies,  except that in no case shall the * be required to be larger than 10-point boldface type. The designation shall immediately follow the name of the candidate, or the name or number and position advocated on the ballot measure measure,  where the designation appears in the slate of candidates and measures. If there is no slate listing, the designation shall appear at least once in at least 8-point boldface type, immediately following the name of the candidate, or the name or number and position advocated on the ballot measure.
(5)  (4)  The name of any a  candidate appearing in the slate mailer who is a member of a political party differing from the political party which that  the mailer appears by representation or indicia to represent is accompanied, immediately below the name, by the party designation of the candidate, in no less than 9-point roman type type,  which shall be in a color or print that contrasts with the background so as to be easily legible. The designation shall not be required in the case of candidates for nonpartisan office.
(b) For purposes of the designations required by paragraph (4) of subdivision (a), the payment of any sum made reportable by subdivision (c) of Section 84219 by or at the behest of a candidate or committee, whose name or position appears in the mailer, to the  The name, street address, and city of the  slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures, shall constitute a payment to appear, requiring the * designation. The payment shall also be deemed to constitute authorization to appear in the  as required by paragraph (1) of subdivision (a), and the notice required by paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) may appear on the same side or surface of an insert in the slate  mailer.

SEC. 2.

 Section 84501 of the Government Code is repealed.

84501.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) (1) “Advertisement” means any general or public communication that is authorized and paid for by a committee for the purpose of supporting or opposing a candidate or candidates for elective office or a ballot measure or ballot measures.
(2) “Advertisement” does not include any of the following:
(A) A communication from an organization, other than a political party, to its members.
(B) An electronic media communication addressed to recipients, such as email messages or text messages, from an organization to persons who have opted in or asked to receive messages from the organization. This subparagraph does not apply to a customer who has opted in to receive communications from a provider of goods or services, unless the customer has provided express approval to receive political messages from that provider of goods or services.
(C) Any communication that was solicited by the recipient, including, but not limited to, acknowledgments for contributions or information that the recipient communicated to the organization, or responses to an electronic message sent by the recipient to the same mobile number or email address.
(D) A campaign button smaller than 10 inches in diameter; a bumper sticker smaller than 60 square inches; or a small tangible promotional item, such as a pen, pin, or key chain, upon which the disclosure required cannot be conveniently printed or displayed.
(E) Wearing apparel.
(F) Sky writing.
(G) Any other type of communication, as determined by regulations of the Commission, for which inclusion of the disclosures required by Sections 84502 to 84509, inclusive, is impracticable or would severely interfere with the committee’s ability to convey the intended message due to the nature of the technology used to make the communication.
(b) “Cumulative contributions” means the cumulative amount of contributions received by a committee beginning 12 months before the date of the expenditure and ending seven days before the time the advertisement is sent to the printer or broadcaster.
(c) (1) “Top contributors” means the persons from whom the committee paying for an advertisement has received its three highest cumulative contributions of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more.
(2) A tie between two or more contributors qualifying as top contributors shall be resolved by determining the contributor who made the most recent contribution to the committee, in which case the most recent contributor shall be listed before any other contributor of the same amount.
(3) If a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a state candidate or ballot measure contributes funds to another committee primarily formed to support or oppose the same state candidate or ballot measure and the funds used for the contribution were earmarked to support or oppose that candidate or ballot measure, the committee receiving the earmarked contribution shall disclose the contributors who earmarked their funds as the top contributor or contributors on the advertisement if the definition of top contributor provided for in paragraph (1) is otherwise met. If the committee receiving the earmarked contribution contributes any portion of the contribution to another committee primarily formed to support or oppose the specifically identified ballot measure or candidate, that committee shall disclose the true source of the contribution to the new committee receiving the earmarked funds. The new committee shall disclose the contributor on the new committee’s advertisements if the definition of top contributor provided for in paragraph (1) is otherwise met.
(A) The primarily formed committee making the earmarked contribution shall provide the primarily formed committee receiving the earmarked contribution with the name, address, occupation, and employer, if any, or principal place of business, if self-employed, of the contributor or contributors who earmarked their funds and the amount of the earmarked contribution from each contributor at the time the contribution is made. If the committee making the contribution received earmarked contributions that exceed the amount contributed or received contributions that were not earmarked, the committee making the contribution shall use a reasonable accounting method to determine which top contributors to identify pursuant to this subparagraph, but in no case shall the same contribution be disclosed more than one time to avoid disclosure of additional contributors who earmarked their funds.
(B) The committee receiving the earmarked contribution may rely on the information provided pursuant to subparagraph (A) for purposes of complying with the disclosure required by Section 84503 and shall be considered in compliance with Section 84503 if the information provided pursuant to subparagraph (A) is disclosed as otherwise required.
(C) For purposes of this paragraph, funds are considered “earmarked” if any of the circumstances described in subdivision (b) of Section 85704 apply.
(4) If an advertisement paid for by a committee supports or opposes a candidate, the determination of top contributors pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not include any nonprofit organization exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code or any person who has prohibited in writing the use of that person’s contributions to support or oppose candidates if the committee does not use such contributions to support or oppose candidates.

SEC. 3.

 Section 84501 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84501.
 For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) (1) “Advertisement” means any general or public advertisement which is authorized and paid for by a person or committee for the purpose of supporting or opposing a candidate for elective office or a ballot measure or ballot measures.
(2) “Advertisement” does not include a communication from an organization other than a political party to its members, a campaign button smaller than 10 inches in diameter, a bumper sticker smaller than 60 square inches, or other advertisement as determined by regulations of the Commission.
(b) “Committee disclosure Internet Web site” means the Internet Web site for a committee identifying the top identifiable contributors to that committee, as described in Section 84506.3.
(c) “Cumulative contributions” means the cumulative amount of contributions received by a committee beginning 18 months prior to the date the committee made its first expenditure to qualify, support, or oppose a candidate for elective office or a ballot measure or ballot measures and ending seven days before the advertisement is sent to the printer or broadcast station or uploaded to the Internet.
(d) “Identifiable contributor” means a person or committee that has made cumulative contributions of at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to a committee.

SEC. 4.

 Section 84502 of the Government Code is repealed.

84502.
 (a) (1) Any advertisement not described in subdivision (b) of Section 84504.3 that is paid for by a committee pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 82013, other than a political party committee or a candidate controlled committee established for an elective office of the controlling candidate, shall include the words “Ad paid for by” followed by the name of the committee as it appears on the most recent Statement of Organization filed pursuant to Section 84101.
(2) Any advertisement not described in subdivision (b) of Section 84504.3 that is paid for by a committee pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 82013 that is a political party committee or a candidate controlled committee established for an elective office of the controlling candidate shall include the words “Ad paid for by” followed by the name of the committee as it appears on the most recent Statement of Organization filed pursuant to Section 84101 if the advertisement is any of the following:
(A) Paid for by an independent expenditure.
(B) An advertisement supporting or opposing a ballot measure.
(C) A radio or television advertisement.
(D) A text message advertisement that is required to include a disclosure pursuant to Section 84504.7.
(b) Any advertisement not described in subdivision (b) of Section 84504.3 that is paid for by a committee pursuant to subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 82013 shall include the words “Ad paid for by” followed by the name that the filer is required to use on campaign statements pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 84211.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (b), if an advertisement is a printed letter, internet website, or email message, the text described in subdivisions (a) and (b) may include the words “Paid for by” instead of “Ad paid for by.”
(d) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (b), if an advertisement is a text message, the text described in subdivisions (a) and (b) may include the words “Paid for by” or “With,” instead of “Ad paid for by.”

SEC. 5.

 Section 84503 of the Government Code is repealed.

84503.
 (a) Any advertisement not described in subdivision (b) of Section 84504.3 that is paid for by a committee pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 82013, other than a political party committee or a candidate controlled committee established for an elective office of the controlling candidate, shall include the words “committee major funding from” followed by the names of the top contributors to the committee paying for the advertisement. If fewer than three contributors qualify as top contributors, only those contributors that qualify shall be disclosed pursuant to this section. If there are no contributors that qualify as top contributors, this disclosure is not required.
(b) The disclosure of a top contributor pursuant to this section need not include terms such as “incorporated,” “committee,” “political action committee,” or “corporation,” or abbreviations of these terms, unless the term is part of the contributor’s name in common usage or parlance.
(c) If this article requires the disclosure of the name of a top contributor that is a committee pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 82013 and is a sponsored committee pursuant to Section 82048.7 with a single sponsor, only the name of the single sponsoring organization shall be disclosed.
(d) This section does not apply to a committee as defined by subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 82013.

SEC. 6.

 Section 84504 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84504.
 (a) An advertisement paid for by a committee, other than a political party committee or a candidate controlled committee established for an elective office of the controlling candidate, that is disseminated over the radio or by telephonic means shall include the disclosures required by Sections 84502, 84503, and 84506.5 at the beginning or end of the advertisement, read in a clearly spoken manner and in a pitch and tone substantially similar to the rest of the advertisement, and shall last no less than three seconds. Any committee that supports or opposes one or more ballot measures shall name and identify itself using a name or phrase that clearly identifies the economic or other special interest of its major donors of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more in any reference to the committee required by law, including, but not limited, to its statement of organization filed pursuant to Section 84101. 
(b) Notwithstanding If  the definition of “top contributors” in paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 84501, radio and prerecorded telephonic advertisements shall disclose only the top two contributors of  major donors of  fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more unless the advertisement lasts 15 seconds or less or the disclosure statement would last more than eight seconds, in which case only the single top contributor of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more shall  share a common employer, the identity of the employer shall also  be disclosed.
(c) Any committee which supports or opposes a ballot measure shall print or broadcast its name as provided in this section as part of any advertisement or other paid public statement, unless the advertisement is required to include a disclosure pursuant to any other section of this article.
(d) If candidates or their controlled committees, as a group or individually, meet the contribution thresholds for a person, they shall be identified by the controlling candidate’s name.

SEC. 7.

 Section 84505 of the Government Code is amended to read:

84505.
 (a)  In addition to the requirements of Sections 84502, 84503, and 84506.5, 84504, 84506, 84506.1, 84506.2, and 84506.3,  the committee placing the advertisement or persons acting in concert with that committee shall be prohibited from creating or using a noncandidate-controlled committee or a nonsponsored committee to avoid, or that results in the avoidance of, the disclosure of any individual, industry, business entity, controlled committee, or sponsored committee as a top contributor. major funding source. 
(b) Written disclosures required by Sections 84503 and 84506.5 shall not appear in all capital letters, except that capital letters shall be permitted for the beginning of a sentence, the beginning of a proper name or location, or as otherwise required by conventions of the English language.

SEC. 8.

 Section 84506 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 9.

 Section 84506 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84506.
 (a) A radio advertisement that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure or solicits contributions in support of that purpose shall, if the advertisement is authorized by a candidate or an agent of the candidate, include an audio statement in which the candidate identifies himself or herself and states that the candidate has approved the message.
(b) A radio advertisement that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure or solicits contributions in support of that purpose shall, if the advertisement is not authorized by a candidate or an agent of the candidate, include at the end of the advertisement a disclosure read in a clearly spoken manner in a pitch and tone substantially similar to the rest of the advertisement that reads as follows: “Top funders of this ad are [state names in descending order of identifiable contributors who made the three largest cumulative contributions to the committee that paid for the advertisement]. Full funding details at [state Internet Web site address of the committee disclosure Internet Web site].”
(c) If there are fewer than three identifiable contributors, the disclosure shall be adjusted accordingly to disclose the qualifying identifiable contributors, if any. If the committee does not have any identifiable contributors, but the committee has received cumulative contributions totaling at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000), the disclosure shall be adjusted to include the name of the committee in the place of the names of identifiable contributors.

SEC. 10.

 Section 84506.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84506.1.
 (a) A television or video advertisement that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure or solicits contributions in support of that purpose shall, if the advertisement is authorized by a candidate or an agent of the candidate, include a statement in which the candidate identifies himself or herself and states that the candidate has approved the message. The candidate statement shall be made using an unobscured, full-screen video of the candidate making the statement, or by using an unobscured, full-screen, and clearly identifiable photographic image of the candidate that is displayed during an audio voiceover of the candidate reading the statement.
(b) A television or video advertisement that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure or solicits contributions in support of that purpose shall, if the advertisement is not authorized by a candidate or an agent of the candidate, include all of the following at the end of the advertisement:
(1) A full-screen without audio on a black background for a minimum of three seconds that is dedicated to the disclosure described in this subdivision.
(2) The text “Top Funders for This Ad” located at the top of the television or video display screen and centered horizontally. The text shall be white in color and the font size shall be at least 5 percent of the height of the television or video display screen.
(3) Immediately below the text described in paragraph (2), the logos, if any, as they appear on the Internet Web site homepage of the identifiable contributor, for the identifiable contributors who made the three largest cumulative contributions to the committee that paid for the advertisement. Each logo shall occupy at least 15 percent of the width or height of the television or video display screen and the logos shall be displayed from left to right in descending order beginning with the largest identifiable contributor.
(4) Immediately below the logos, if any, described in paragraph (3), or beneath the text described in paragraph (2) if no identifiable contributor has a logo, the identifiable contributors who have made the three largest cumulative contributions to the committee that paid for the advertisement. The three identifiable contributors shall each be disclosed on a separate vertical line, in descending order, beginning with the identifiable contributor who made the largest cumulative contribution on the first line. The name of each of the three identifiable contributors shall be centered horizontally. The text shall be white in color and the font size shall be at least 5 percent of the height of the television or video display screen.
(5) The text “Full Funding Details At [insert Internet Web site address of the committee disclosure Internet Web site].” The text shall be white in color and the font size shall be equivalent to 4 percent of the height of the television or video display screen. The text shall be located in a position that is vertically 4 percent above the bottom of the television or video display screen.
(6) If there are fewer than three identifiable contributors, the disclosure shall be adjusted accordingly to disclose only those that qualify as identifiable contributors, if any. If the committee does not have any identifiable contributors, but the committee has received cumulative contributions totaling at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000), the disclosure shall be adjusted to include the name of the committee in the place of the names of identifiable contributors.

SEC. 11.

 Section 84506.2 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84506.2.
 Except for slate mailers or advertisements that are authorized by a candidate or an agent of the candidate, any mass mailing or print advertisement that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure or solicits contributions in support of that purpose and that is paid for by a committee, or by any person who is not a committee and who spends more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) on mass mailing or print advertising cumulatively in the period beginning 18 months prior to the date the person made his or her first expenditure to qualify, support, or oppose the candidate for elective office or the ballot measure and ending seven days before the mass mailing or print advertisement is sent to the printer, shall include a disclosure area on the largest page of the mass mailing or print advertisement that meets all of the following criteria:
(a) The disclosure area shall be set apart from the rest of the page on which it is located by a line framing the disclosure area in the shape of a square or rectangle and the line shall be a color that is darker than the background color of the remainder of the disclosure area. The disclosure area within the border line shall have a solid background color that establishes a contrast to the color of the disclosure text that is equivalent to or greater than the text and background color contrast in the other areas of the mass mailing or print advertisement.
(b) For purposes of a mass mailing or print advertisement paid for by a committee, the disclosure shall include the following:
(1) The text “Top Funders of This Ad” shall be located at the top of the disclosure area and centered horizontally in the disclosure area. The text shall be in a font size of at least 14-point for pages smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches and at least 16-point for pages that are equal to, or larger than, 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
(2) Immediately below the text described in paragraph (1) shall be printed the logos, if any, as they appear on the Internet Web site homepage of the identifiable contributor, for the identifiable contributors who made the three largest cumulative contributions to the committee. Each logo shall occupy at least 8 percent of the width or height of the page on which the disclosure area is located and the logos shall be displayed from left to right in descending order beginning with the largest identifiable contributor.
(3) Immediately below the logos, if any, described in paragraph (2), or beneath the text described in paragraph (1) if no identifiable contributor has a logo, shall be identified by name the identifiable contributors who have made the three largest cumulative contributions to the committee that paid for the mass mailing or print advertisement. The three identifiable contributors shall each be disclosed on a separate vertical line, in descending order, beginning with the identifiable contributor who made the largest cumulative contribution on the first line. The name of each of the three identifiable contributors shall be centered horizontally. The text shall identify the identifiable contributor in a font size of at least 10-point for pages smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches and at least 12-point for pages that are equal to, or larger than, 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
(4) The text “Full Funding Details At [insert Internet Web site address of the committee disclosure Internet Web site].” The text shall be located at the bottom of the disclosure area and shall be in 10-point font size for pages smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches and at least 12-point font size for pages that are equal to, or larger than, 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
(5) If there are fewer than three identifiable contributors, the disclosure shall be adjusted accordingly to disclose the qualifying identifiable contributors, if any. If the committee does not have any identifiable contributors, but the committee has received cumulative contributions totaling at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000), the disclosure shall be adjusted to include the name of the committee in the place of the names of identifiable contributors.
(c) For purposes of a mass mailing or print advertisement paid for by a person who is not a committee and who spends more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) on mass mailings or print advertisements, as described in this section, the disclosure shall include the text “This advertisement funded by [insert name of the person who paid for the mass mailing or print advertisement].” The text shall be centered within the disclosure area and shall be in a font size of at least 14-point for pages smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches and at least 16-point for pages that are equal to, or larger than, 8.5 inches by 11 inches. The person shall not be required to create or maintain a disclosure Internet Web site described in Section 85406.3.

SEC. 12.

 Section 84506.3 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84506.3.
 Except for a committee that is controlled by a candidate, a committee that pays for an advertisement described in this article shall establish and maintain a committee disclosure Internet Web site. If the committee has an Internet Web site homepage, that Internet Web site may also serve as the committee disclosure Internet Web site. The homepage of the committee disclosure Internet Web site and any other Internet Web sites maintained by the committee shall include a disclosure statement area for the purpose of making a contribution disclosure statement that includes all of the following:
(a) The disclosure statement area shall be at least 250 pixels wide. The disclosure statement area shall have a white background and a border that is dark in color.
(b) A title that reads “Top Funders of This Committee.” The text shall be black in color and shall be at least 10-point font size.
(c) Immediately below the text described in subdivision (b), a list of the identifiable contributors who have made the 10 largest cumulative contributions to the committee. Each of the 10 identifiable contributors shall be disclosed on a separate vertical line, in descending order, beginning with the identifiable contributor who made the largest cumulative contribution on the first line. The text shall be black in color and shall be at least 9-point font size.
(d) Immediately below the text described in subdivision (c), the logos, if any, as they appear on the Internet Web site homepage of the identifiable contributor, for the identifiable contributors who made the 10 largest cumulative contributions to the committee. Each logo shall occupy at least 75 horizontal or vertical pixels and shall be displayed from left to right in descending order beginning with the largest identifiable contributor.
(e) Either of the following:
(1) A link to the Internet Web site maintained by the Secretary of State that contains campaign finance disclosures made by the committee pursuant to this title for the current election cycle. The link shall be labeled “Full funding info at Secretary of State’s Internet Web site.” The link shall be a standard hyperlink that is displayed as blue underlined text in Arial equivalent font in at least 9-point font size.
(2) (A) A link to another page on the committee disclosure Internet Web site that lists all of the committee’s identifiable contributors. The link shall be labeled “More funding info” and shall be a standard hyperlink that is displayed as blue underlined text in Arial equivalent font in at least 9-point font size.
(B) The linked page on the committee disclosure Internet Web site shall have a title that reads “$10,000 Funders of this Committee.” The linked page shall disclose each identifiable contributor of the committee on a separate vertical line, in descending order, beginning with the identifiable contributor who made the largest aggregate contribution on the first line. Each line shall identify the name of the identifiable contributor and the amount of that contributor’s aggregate contributions received by the committee since its organization, current within seven days.
(f) If there are fewer than 10 identifiable contributors, the disclosure shall be adjusted accordingly to disclose the qualifying identifiable contributors, if any. If the committee does not have any identifiable contributors, but the committee has received cumulative contributions totaling at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000), the disclosure shall be adjusted to include the name of the committee in the place of the names of identifiable contributors.

SEC. 13.

 Section 84506.5 of the Government Code is repealed.

84506.5.
 An advertisement supporting or opposing a candidate that is paid for by an independent expenditure shall include a statement that it was not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate. If the advertisement was authorized or paid for by a candidate for another office, the expenditure shall instead include a statement that “This advertisement was not authorized or paid for by a candidate for this office or a committee controlled by a candidate for this office.”

SEC. 14.

 Section 84507 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 15.

 Section 84507 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84507.
 For purposes of any disclosure required by Sections 84506 to 84506.3, inclusive, for advertisements that are not authorized by a candidate or an agent of the candidate, the following shall also apply in the event that an identifiable contributor is a person who is an individual:
(a) If the committee receiving the contribution is supporting or opposing a candidate, then the disclosure shall include the occupation and employer of the identifiable contributor in addition to the contributor’s name.
(b) If the committee receiving the contribution is supporting or opposing a ballot measure, and the passage or defeat of the ballot measure directly benefits or harms the employer of the identifiable contributor, then the disclosure shall include the occupation and employer of the identifiable contributor in addition to the contributor’s name. However, if an employer of an identifiable contributor is also an identifiable contributor of that committee, then the contributions of the employees shall, instead, be deemed to be contributions by the employer for purposes of determining the total cumulative contribution made by the employer in order to determine which identifiable contributors shall be disclosed on an advertisement pursuant to this article.
(c) If the committee receiving the contribution is supporting or opposing a ballot measure, and the passage or defeat of the ballot measure does not directly benefit or harm the employer of the identifiable contributor, then the disclosure shall include only the name of the identifiable contributor.

SEC. 16.

 Section 84508 of the Government Code is repealed.

SEC. 17.

 Section 84508 is added to the Government Code, to read:

84508.
 Disclosures made pursuant to Sections 84506 to 84506.3, inclusive, shall be sufficient to identify the identifiable contributor but need not include such legal terms as “incorporated,” “committee,” “political action committee,” or “company,” or their abbreviations. Nothing in this section shall prevent a contributor from being disclosed as a name used in common usage or parlance, including, but not limited to, an abbreviation or acronym.
SEC. 18.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII  B of the California Constitution because the duties imposed on a local agency or school district by this act were expressly included in a ballot measure approved by the voters in a statewide election, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.
SEC. 19.
 A special election is hereby called to be held throughout the state on November 4, 2014. The election shall be consolidated with the statewide general election to be held on that date. The consolidated election shall be held and conducted in all respects as if there were only one election and only one form of ballot shall be used.
SEC. 20.
 Notwithstanding Section 9040 of the Elections Code or any other provision of law, the Secretary of State, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 81012 of the Government Code, shall submit Sections 1 to 17, inclusive, of this act to the voters for approval at the election called by Section 19 of this act.
SEC. 21.
 This act calls an election within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect.