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Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon scored 80% on the Clean Money questionnaire

His opponent, Rita Topalian, scored 70%.

They are running for Assembly District 57, which includes the cities of Buena Park, Hacienda Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier.

The California Clean Money Action Fund asked all candidates for state office in California to answer six questions about whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns.

Overall Score.

Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D) Rita Topalian (R)
Overall Score: 80% Overall Score: 70%

The overall score on the survey is determined by the answers on the first five questions. For every “Yes”, the candidate gets 20%, for every “No” they get 0%. An answer of “Other” gets 10% unless it’s clear from their explanation that the candidate would or would not support the legislation.

Q1. Do you support legislation requiring ballot measure ads to clearly state their three largest true individual, corporate or union funders instead of committee names, even if the funds are transferred through one or more intermediary committees or organizations?
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D) Rita Topalian (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"
Q2. Do you support legislation requiring independent ads for and against candidates to clearly state their three largest true individual, corporate or union funders instead of committee names, even if the funds are transferred through one or more intermediary committees or organizations?
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D) Rita Topalian (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"
Q3. Would you support legislation described in questions 1 and 2 if your constituents were clearly in favor of it while major campaign funders opposed it?
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D) Rita Topalian (R)
Answer: "Other"
Answer: "Other"

"I fully support increased disclosure of sources of funding for campaigns. I need to see specific legislative language that addresses implementation details before being willing to commit to voting for any specific bill."

"I cannot make a decision because I cannot possibly predict all the variable that might be in play."

Q4. Do you support legislation requiring state and local candidates to stand by their political ads, saying in those ads that they “approve this message” as federal candidates must?
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D) Rita Topalian (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"
Q5. Do you support legislation providing competitive amounts of public financing or small donor matching funds to campaigns of qualified candidates who demonstrate a broad base of public support and abide by strict spending limits?
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D) Rita Topalian (R)
Answer: "Other"
Answer: "No"

"I support the idea of public financing but have concerns about how it would be implemented and whether it would actually complicate the system more than it is now .I am concerned also with how broad based public support would be defined."

Q6. Would you support a system of public financing of campaigns as in question 5 that covers all state races, including Assembly, State Senate, and statewide offices, if it were funded by an annual tax or fee of no more than $8 per California resident? *
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D) Rita Topalian (R)
Answer: "Other"
Answer: "No"

"I support the idea of public financing but have concerns about how it would be implemented and whether it would actually complicate the system more than it is now."

* The wording of this question created some confusion about its intent. The intent was to ask about funding of public campaign finance for state offices with a tax or fee that averaged $8 per person, an investment in the integrity of our elections that is less than one-third of 1% of California's General Fund this year. However some candidates responded to the question as if it were proposing an additional flat tax of $8 to be paid by every Californian. Due to the confusion the wording of this question created, its answers were not scored and did not count towards the overall score for the Clean Money Survey.

Note: Candidate explanations are shown as submitted. CCMAF has not edited the candidate explanations for content or writing style.

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