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Elizabeth Echols scored 100% on the Clean Money questionnaire

Her opponent, Tony Thurmond, scored 100%.

They are running for Assembly District 15, which includes the cities of Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Oakland, Pinole Richmond, and San Pablo.

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.

Elizabeth Echols (D) Tony Thurmond (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?
Elizabeth Echols (D) Tony Thurmond (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"Yes – we need more transparency, not less. Our worst fears about the impact of the Citizens United decision are coming true with the rise of SuperPACs and the near complete ability of corporations to hide their funding of campaigns. I support increased disclosure and more public financing of campaigns (though even that is now under attack). I support the SB 52 – The California DISCLOSE Act as a good step in the right direction."

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?
Elizabeth Echols (D) Tony Thurmond (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"Yes, absolutely. Voters deserve to know who is funding campaign advertisements. I believe transparency is crucial for fair elections. I support requiring independent political expenditures to inform voters who their major sources are. As mentioned above, I support overturning Citizens United, to limit the amount of special interest money in politics. I also support limiting the amount of self-funding very rich candidates can do, so we are not left with representatives who buy their seats with personal wealth. The best way to clean up politics is to engage and empower more Californians at the grassroots level. That's why my campaign is registering new voters, talking to voters at their doorsteps in every corner of the district, and focusing this election on real solutions through my series of policy forums."

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?
Elizabeth Echols (D) Tony Thurmond (D)
Answer: "Yes"
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?
Elizabeth Echols (D) Tony Thurmond (D)
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?
Elizabeth Echols (D) Tony Thurmond (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"Yes. We need to level the playing field and discourage candidates from self-funding their campaigns. We need to promote and elect the best candidates for the job – and that shouldn’t mean those with the deepest pockets. I didn’t grow up with privilege. When my mother passed away when I was six years old, my cousin raised me as her own. And if it weren’t for caring adults and government programs, I don’t know where I’d be today. I worked my way through college – the first year at McDonalds making $3.35/hour – and always knew the value of a great education. As a former city councilman and school board member, social worker and youth advocate, I’m proud to say that my campaign for State Assembly is people powered. We’ve built an incredible grassroots campaign that has galvanized the community."

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? *
Elizabeth Echols (D) Tony Thurmond (D)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"Yes. I am in support of public financing of campaigns and would work with the California Clean Money Action fund to implement this or other strategies to make that a reality."

* 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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