Disclosure in Political Advertising
Citizens have a right to know about sources of influence on candidates.
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HB118 Substitute 88434-2 - Sponsored by Representatives Hinshaw, Guin,
Irons, Curtis, Robinson (J), White, Letson, Dukes, Schmitz, Todd,
Graham, Morrow, Boyd, Dunn, Coleman, Robinson (O), Keahey,
McCampbell, Thomas (J), Jackson, Thigpen, Boothe, Page, Harper, Ford,
England, Sherer, Baker (L), Spicer and McLaughlin.
From the bill: Under
existing law, paid political advertising must contain the
identification of the person, principal campaign committee, or other
political action committee that paid for or otherwise authorized the
The state League's position on Campaign Finance Reform states, "The League of Women Voters of Alabama believes that the methods of financing campaigns should ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office, and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process."
HB118 Substitute was considered by the House Committee on Constitution
and Elections chaired by Rep. Randy Hinshaw (D, Madison).
On 3/22/07 HB118 substitute 88434-2 was passed by the House 105-0. It was engrossed, read for the first time in the Senate, and assigned to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.
HB118 Substitute 88434-2 was amended and passed out of Senate GA Committee with a favorabel report 10-0 on 4/11/07. The Senate has not considered the bill as of 5/21/07.
[Review of activity on this issue in 2006:
Ad disclosure was an issue that received no attention by either
house during the 2006 General Session. Bills were introduced in both
the House and Senate (HB90, HB113/SB123). LWVAL supported these bills
as it did similar legislation in 2005. However, none of these bills
were considered by their respective committees in 2006, and seeing no
opportunity for affective advocacy, the League took no action.]