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California Non-Profit Donor Disclosure Initiative (2014)

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A California "Death Penalty Reform and Savings" Initiative (#13-0054) has been approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute.

Supporters of the initiative refer to it as the "Nonprofit Donor Full Disclosure Act of 2014.".

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Campaign Finance. Political Communications. Donor Disclosure. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires a nonprofit organization to disclose its $1,000 donors if it spends over $50,000 in donor funds, for year, on political activities in California. Requires certain nonprofit organizations to disclose their $10,000 donors if the nonprofit spends $400,000 per legislative session or $75,000 per calendar quarter on lobbying, or on communications that identify but do not advocate for or against a candidate. Requires communications that are distributed urging recipients to contact government officials, for purpose of influencing governmental action, to identify the two largest donors of $50,000 or more funding the distribution."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"No significant fiscal effect on state or local governments."



Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
Note: April 18, 2014 is the deadline for initiative and referendum proponents to submit collected signatures to county election officials, as suggested by the California Secretary of State.[2] The deadline, however, has operated in the past as a date of assured consideration. Signatures for initiatives, such as 2012's Proposition 30 and Proposition 31, have been submitted upwards of eighteen days after the deadline and still qualified for the general election ballot for that year. Proponents of initiatives who submit their signatures after the April 18 deadline for 2014, but by their initiative's petition circulation deadline, and have their initiative qualified, will have their initiative placed on the 2016 ballot.
  • Lance Olson submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on December 11, 2013.
  • A title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on February 10, 2014.[3]
  • 504,760 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters have until July 10, 2014 to collect the required signatures. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not allow the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot is April 18, 2014.

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