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AB-664 Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign fund expenditures.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Steinorth (A)
Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign fund expenditures.
An act to amend Section 84307.5 of the Government Code, relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Two Thirds Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
08/28/18 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
08/27/18 Vetoed by Governor.
08/14/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/09/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 77. Noes 0. Page 6204.).
08/07/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 9 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 664 without my signature.

This bill prohibits a candidate-controlled committee from paying an amount greater than fair market value for goods and services.
This proposed new authority for the Fair Political Practices Commission concerns me. Will the Commission now examine campaigns to determine whether they pay the right amount to their staffers and consultants? Would this require salary surveys?
This strikes me as a personnel decision more properly left to the candidate and the campaign manager, and not fodder for accusations made in the heat of a campaign.
Many have said that I pay far below "fair market value." I say everyone else pays too much. Whoever is right, this decision is not one for the Fair Political Practices Commission.
For these reasons, I cannot sign this bill.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.