SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With political spending on a continual uptick, the public is taking a hard look at the kind of lobbying activity that influences California’s leaders.
Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman Jodi Remke, who has been directly involved in the effort to shine more light on the money that influences California politics, will address the Sacramento Press Club at its monthly lunch this Monday, Feb. 29 at Capitol Plaza Ballroom at 1025 9th Street.
Remke’s work recently resulted in a new regulation to that expanded the definition of lobbying to include so-called “payments to influence.” This targets advertising and political campaigns like those waged last year against legislative proposals to cut oil use in the state. Until now, this activity escaped the stringent disclosure requirements of traditional lobbying activity.
The new reporting requirements close the gap in disclosure and give the public more information about the spending that targets the state’s leaders and public perception.
Remke, a member of the bar since 1992, was appointed to the head the campaign finance watchdog agency by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014 and reappointed to a full term last year. She is responsible for overseeing California’s campaign finance, governmental ethics and lobbying rules, particularly relevant this election year.
On Monday, Remke will discuss her recently approved transparency regulation and her plans to oversee campaign spending and enforcement in this election year.