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Senator French’s Legislation Requiring Corporate and Union Campaign Disclosure Passes Legislature

SB 284 responds to Alaskans' concerns over recent federal court ruling

Monday, April 19, 2010 - In the last hours of the session, the legislature passed Senate Bill 284, legislation requiring corporations and labor unions to report their contributions and expenditures in elections.

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Alaska is facing participation by corporations and unions for or against candidates in its elections for the first time. Because this activity had been banned, there are currently no reporting requirements in law for these groups. SB 284, sponsored by the Senate Judiciary Committee,  addresses Alaska law to be sure that the public is fully informed of the contributions and expenses of these new participants, both in reports to the Alaska Public Offices Commission and in all communications.

"Nothing was more important for us to address this session," said Senator Hollis French, D-Anchorage, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I am gratified that this bill passed unanimously in both bodies.  Special thanks go to Representatives Gara, Doogan and Holmes for their help for restoring the most important provision of the bill dealing with audio disclaimers in TV ads."

SB 284 now goes to the Governor for signature.

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