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Virginia Goodman scored 100% on the Clean Money questionnaire

Her opponent, Assemblymember Shannon Grove, scored 20%.

They are running for Assembly District 34, which includes the cities of Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Taft, and Tehachapi.

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.

Virginia Goodman (D) Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R)
Overall Score: 100% Overall Score: 20%

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?
Virginia Goodman (D) Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Other"*

"its all about transparency and letting the public know who may be influencing the candidates decision-making."

"see response to # 5"

* Explanation shows no support for the legislation.

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?
Virginia Goodman (D) Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Other"*

"Again, it's about transparency. The larger the contribution, most likely the influence on decisions."

"All donors are publicly available; and the '3' largest don't mean much if the next 10 gave the same amount !"

* Explanation shows no support for the legislation.

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?
Virginia Goodman (D) Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Other"

"Yes. My contributors, one that was in the past 15000.00, was not a secret nor a problem to expose the funding source."

"I vote how i believe my constituents would if they had the opportunity. This survey wants to single out those who do contribute to campaigns as having authority over an elected official's vote. That isn't my situation; but for others , public employee unions demand that kind of loyalty when they fund campaigns."

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?
Virginia Goodman (D) Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "Yes"

"yes...no later response of 'I didn't endorse that message'. Its a good practice."

"Sure - altho the ads already tell you if the candidate's campaign paid for it."

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?
Virginia Goodman (D) Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R)
Answer: "Yes"
Answer: "No"

"speaks for itself."

"'public' financing is taxpayer financing -- and if law ,then it's forced taxpayer financing of campaigns, including to candidates the taxpayer might oppose."

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? *
Virginia Goodman (D) Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R)
Answer: "Other"
Answer: "No"

"I would need to know more but certainly would consider it."

"candidates shouldn't get campaign money forced out of the taxpayers; candidates and their supporters should generate their own campaign support, volunteers, donations, votes. The government should not fund the candidates who want to get elected to manage the government !"

* 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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