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Board President David Chiu scored 100% on the Clean Money questionnaire

His opponent, Supervisor David Campos, scored 100%.

They are running for Assembly District 17, which includes the city of San Francisco.

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.

Board President David Chiu (D) Supervisor David Campos (D)
Overall Score: 100% Overall Score: 100%

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?
Board President David Chiu (D) Supervisor David Campos (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"Ideally, I would like them all to be listed, but am aware that there are practical considerations. I believe if you are willing to take money from individuals and organizations, you should be able to stand publicly with those individuals and organizations."

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?
Board President David Chiu (D) Supervisor David Campos (D)
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?
Board President David Chiu (D) Supervisor David Campos (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"I believe transparency policies like these are vital to maintaining an active and healthy democracy, and that my duty as a legislator is to first and foremost deliver on policies that benefit my constituents.

I am proud to be the only candidate in the Assembly District 17 race who has championed ethics legislation and open, transparent government. Since first being elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 2008, I have authored and passed several pieces of ethics reform legislation that established stricter rules governing lobbyists to register their activities with our city and make that information available to the public, created an online system to track lobbying activity that takes place in city government, and created new disclosure standards for those seeking to influence local elected officials.

California ought to have the most transparent, ethical and clean government in the United States, and I hope to be an Assemblyman who leads on such reform. In addition to stronger sunshine laws for state government; we should have more disclosure for independent expenditure committees, and we should pass the DISCLOSE Act to counter Citizens United and allow voters to know who really pays for political ads."

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?
Board President David Chiu (D) Supervisor David Campos (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"Most definitely, I support this. I have no idea why this is not already required among state and local candidates in California."

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?
Board President David Chiu (D) Supervisor David Campos (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"Since 2000, San Francisco has had a local public financing system that has allowed a more diverse collection of highly qualified candidates to run for public office. I am strongly supportive of our local program, and would strongly advocate to create a statewide public financing system."

"While I would certainly welcome and support this kind of legislation, it also needs to be carefully crafted. I understand that there are problems in New York with their recently enacted legislation and even supporters are opting out of their system, and we would have to be careful that that doesn’t happen here. Also, the term “competitive” is key as I think ultimately that only complete public financing of elections, without the ability to opt out, would ensure a truly competitive election regardless of money raised. The problem that we have now is that candidates often have to opt out of public financing if they want to have a reasonable chance against better funded candidates. That needs to change."

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? *
Board President David Chiu (D) Supervisor David Campos (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

* 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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