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Senator Jean Fuller did not answer the Clean Money questionnaire

Her opponent, Ruth Musser-Lopez, scored 100%.

They are running for state Senate District 16 which includes the cities of Visalia, Tulare, Ridgecrest, Twentynine Palms, Barstow, Yucca Valley, Tehachapi, California City, Exeter, Taft, Needles, Maricopa and parts of Bakersfield.

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.

Senator Jean Fuller (R) Ruth Musser-Lopez (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?
Senator Jean Fuller (R) Ruth Musser-Lopez (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"Voters should be made aware of who is attempting to influence their attitude and position via advertising, social media, mail campaigns, control over news networks, etc. so I strongly support transparency in who is really paying to get a proposition passed.

When elected I would support legislation requiring independent ads for and against ballot measures to clearly state their three largest true individual, corporate or union funders instead of just committee names, even if the funds are transferred through one or more intermediary committees or organizations."

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?
Senator Jean Fuller (R) Ruth Musser-Lopez (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"Voters should know who is attempting to influence their attitude and position via advertising, social media, mail campaigns, control over news networks, etc. and so I also strongly support transparency in who is really paying to get a candidate elected.

When elected I would support legislation requiring independent ads for and against candidates to clearly state their three largest true individual, corporate or union funders instead of just committee names, even if the funds are transferred through one or more intermediary committees or organizations."

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?
Senator Jean Fuller (R) Ruth Musser-Lopez (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"I have made every effort to be transparent as to what I would support, so if entities contribute to my campaign, they should know before hand what I stand for; further, there are simply some entities that I would not accept contributions from.

Clearly, I am not a candidate that is beholden to a major campaign funder as my opponent is. She accepts major funds from the tobacco industry and with regard to her voting record has a low score from the American Cancer Society. I have had victory over stage 3 breast cancer so I know the financial, emotional, physical and other cost of fighting cancer, thus I have committed to not accepting contributions from the tobacco industry because of my contempt for advertising and supporting a product that has the potential to result in lung, mouth and throat cancer.

The incumbent accepts major funds from oil and gas polluter corporations then votes against the best interest of people, water quality and the environment. Her major supporter, PG&E is allowed to monitor their own Chromium 6 “clean up” activity and that tragic situation at the Hinkley aquifer is still going on after 20 years in her district even after the situation was exposed by the famous movie Erin Brockovich"

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?
Senator Jean Fuller (R) Ruth Musser-Lopez (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"More transparency is best. In California, we simply include language 'Paid for by...[committee name].' In my case, the language is 'Paid for by Ruth Musser-Lopez for CA Senate 2014 I. D. 1367746.' But, sometimes It is not clear if the committee is the candidate's committee or some other entity's committee, so the words 'I'm Ruth Musser-Lopez and I approve this message' would increase transparency and I would support such legislation when elected."

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?
Senator Jean Fuller (R) Ruth Musser-Lopez (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "Yes"

"More transparency is best. In California, we simply include language 'Paid for by...[committee name].' In my case, the language is 'Paid for by Ruth Musser-Lopez for CA Senate 2014 I. D. 1367746.' But, sometimes people do not know if it is the candidate's committee or some other entity's committee, so the words 'I'm Ruth Musser-Lopez and I approve this message' would be a benefit to transparency before the people of California and I would support such legislation when elected."

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? *
Senator Jean Fuller (R) Ruth Musser-Lopez (D)
Answer: No Answer
Answer: "No"

"Any publicly sponsored subsidies for candidates should be via a mechanism that levels the playing field, not at the expense of more taxes for residents. A subsidy should not be provided to candidates who are already 'over the top' in contributions and have reached a certain limit. I would seek legislation that would place a fee on opposing candidates who raise over a certain limit on contributions. This fee would go directly to the opposing candidate in support of travel and campaign costs. For example, over the years, my opponent has accumulated over $300,000...while my campaign is at about the $10,000 mark.

Some resident voters have told me that they strongly support my platform and me but are afraid to contribute to my campaign because of potential retaliation from the incumbent after the election. Once an incumbent candidate has raised a certain level of financing that is clearly beyond what is needed to run a more-than-competitive campaign, there should be a percentage fee assessed on the total contributions which fee would go toward the opposing general election candidate that has already won the seat for 'top two.'"

* 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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