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Vice Mayor Jim Cooper did not answer the Clean Money questionnaire

His opponent, Darrell R. Fong, scored 70%.

They are running for Assembly District 9, which includes the cities of Clarksburg, Elk Grove, Galt, Lodi, and Sacramento.

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.

"No Answer" means the candidate didn't answer the questionnaire after our attempts to reach their campaign several separate times through email or by phone.

Overall Score.

Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (D) Darrell R. Fong (D)
Overall Score: No Answer 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?
Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (D) Darrell R. Fong (D)
Answer: No Answer
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?
Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (D) Darrell R. Fong (D)
Answer: No Answer
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?
Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (D) Darrell R. Fong (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"
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?
Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (D) Darrell R. Fong (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Other"*

"I believe in disclosure of who approved an ad. Considering the length of time available for ads and the cost, i would support approval disclosures that can be in print or some form that does not diminish the ability of candidates who have less money to effectively deliver their message in the amount of time available in ads that they can afford. In addition, I believe the same approval disclosure should apply to print and new media ads."

* Explanation makes clear does not support expanding standard federal requirements that the candidate themselves go on screen and say "I'm X, and I approve this message".

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?
Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (D) Darrell R. Fong (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Other"

"It would depends on the source of funds. Our schools and safety net programs rely diminishing State General Fund resources. I cannot support any additionally funded programs that could jeopardize the funds that currently support classrooms and the safety net."

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? *
Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (D) Darrell R. Fong (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Other"

"It would depend on the structure of the fee. A flat fee is inherently regressive and would impact low income individuals disproportionately. $8 to someone who earns minimum wage means more than it does to a millionaire."

* 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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