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Assemblymember Henry T. Perea did not answer the Clean Money questionnaire

His opponent, Walter O. Villarreal, scored 80%.

They are running for Assembly District 31, which includes the cities of Cantua Creek, Caruthers, Coalinga, Dinuba, Firebaugh, Fresno, Fowler, Kerman, Mendota, Orosi, Parlier, Sanger, and San Joaquin Tranquility..

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 Henry T. Perea (D) Walter O. Villarreal (NPP)
Overall Score: No Answer Overall Score: 80%

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 Henry T. Perea (D) Walter O. Villarreal (NPP)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"It will keep the people informed who is actually supporting such ballot measures and thus make it easier for everyone to research the issues and those who support it."

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 Henry T. Perea (D) Walter O. Villarreal (NPP)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"It will keep the people informed who is actually supporting certain candidates and thus make it easier for everyone to research the reasons 'Why'."

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 Henry T. Perea (D) Walter O. Villarreal (NPP)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"The preamble to the U.S. Constitution says 'We the people'."

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 Henry T. Perea (D) Walter O. Villarreal (NPP)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"It will make it clear if the candidate supports or authorized such political ads. I almost got into trouble four years ago by my employer due to this type of situation, luckily the political ad stated I did not authorize 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?
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D) Walter O. Villarreal (NPP)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "No"

"If this is referring to the general public, 'Yes'. If this is referring to Tax Dollars, then 'No' No public financing should be used for campaigns. Though I do believe that one candidate should not be able to vastly out spend another otherwise they are buying the seat. As to what can be done I am not sure, but public financing is not an option."

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 Henry T. Perea (D) Walter O. Villarreal (NPP)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "No"

"If this is referring to the general public 'Yes' If this is referring to Tax Dollars, then 'No' No public financing should be used for campaigns. Though I do believe that one candidate should not be able to vastly out spend another otherwise they are buying the seat. As to what can be done I am not sure, but public financing is not an option."

* 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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