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Assemblymember Beth B. Gaines did not answer the Clean Money questionnaire

Her opponent, Brian Caples, scored 100%.

They are running for Assembly District 6, which includes the cities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Rocklin, and Roseville.

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.

Assemblymember Beth B. Gaines (R) Brian Caples (D)
Overall Score: No Answer 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?
Assemblymember Beth B. Gaines (R) Brian Caples (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"The people have a right to know who is speaking to them."

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 Beth B. Gaines (R) Brian Caples (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"I want a government that is not for sale. I want money out of politics. Remove money from the equation, and disclosure problems go away. I support transparency, but we must stop the spending. This suggested legislation is not enough."

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 Beth B. Gaines (R) Brian Caples (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"This is why we have a hard time passing campaign finance reform. Currently, the fox is guarding the hen house."

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 Beth B. Gaines (R) Brian Caples (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"Great idea!"

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 Beth B. Gaines (R) Brian Caples (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"How about we just allocate some of our existing public infrastructure to qualified candidates? We have enough space, camera equipment, editing equipment, that the public owns. If it is made equally available, then there is no conflict."

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 Beth B. Gaines (R) Brian Caples (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Other"

"I normally do not like taxes on the people. Why not let the special interests pay for it? They seem to like paying to support the political system. It's not fair to deny them that right. In a way its justice. They want to pay for elections, so let them fund it by taxing each special interest that has donated in the past on a sliding scale- where the biggest contributors pay the most tax- and historical data used will be no more than the past 4 years. Any one who has not contributed before can do so voluntarily."

* 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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