Modernizing California's Online Database of Campaign and Lobbying Disclosures

Sen. Bob Hertzberg (center), Secretary of State Alex Padilla (left) and other supporters of SB 1349 talk about the importance of the legislation at a March 2016 press conference.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Modernize California’s Online Campaign Database

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information.

SB 1349 directs the state to overhaul the Secretary of State’s antiquated Cal-Access system for filing and accessing campaign finance and lobbying data. It establishes important guidelines for the project, including creating a system that is data driven, rather than form based, and adhering to prevailing standards for search and open data.

The bill is supported by a broad coalition that includes California Common Cause, the California Business Roundtable, the League of Women Voters of California, the California Labor Federation and Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

“This legislation helps put California’s government where it should be – at the forefront of using technology to provide transparency,” Hertzberg said. “SB 1349 modernizes California’s database so campaign and lobbying disclosures are quick and easy for everyone to access immediately.” 

 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Cal-Access proved in three hours why it needs immediate upgrades

Californians face a presidential election year with a ballot full of important decisions to make. Timely information and transparency will be essential to making good decisions, but one key tool, the state’s official website responsible for tracking campaign contributions, is outdated and starting to break down just as we enter our election season.

For example, last week the system went down on a critical filing deadline, frustrating filers, journalists and everybody else trying to follow campaign developments. The Cal-Access website was inaccessible to many from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and it came fully back online only six hours ahead of a deadline for campaigns and other political committees to disclose how much money they raised and spent in the previous three months.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Padilla and Political Reform Advocates Back Hertzberg Bill to Modernize Campaign Database

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, unveiled legislation today to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information to make it user friendly and easy for the public to access in a timely fashion.

SB 1349 directs the state to overhaul the Secretary of State’s antiquated Cal-Access system for filing and accessing campaign finance and lobbying data. It establishes important guidelines for the project, including creating a system that is data driven, rather than form based, and adhering to prevailing standards for search and open data.

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