New report released: Campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures of tobacco interests, 2017-2018 election cycle


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New Tobacco Money in California Politics Report

April 19, 2018

 

The American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has released an updated report with the newest information on tobacco interest spending for the first four quarters of the campaign cycle. The report, Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures of Tobacco Interests in California: 2017-2018 Election Cycle: January – December 2017, shows that tobacco interests have already spent over $4.2 million in campaign and political committee contributions, as well as over $1.1 million lobbying tobacco-related issues.

 

This report features three new organizations that have lobbied specifically on harm-reduction and smoke-free topics.

 

To see contributions to your elected officials, check out our Database of Tobacco Money in California Politics. This database contains information about campaign contributions from tobacco interests to members of the California Legislature, both past and present. The database can also be searched by district, election cycle, or county.

 

This report is part of a series of reports on lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions of tobacco interests produced by the American Lung Association. Addition reports for past election cycles are available here.

 

For any questions about tobacco interests’ campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures, please contact me at alyssa.stratton@lung.org or 916-585-7664.

Legislative Update: April 18, 2018


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California Legislative Update

April 18, 2018

 

With the legislature back in session following its spring recess, committee hearings are in full swing and will continue as bills move forward in the legislative process. The next deadline we have coming up is April 27th, which is the last date for policy committees to hear fiscal bills and refer them to appropriations committees.

 

One new tobacco-related bill was introduced:

AB 2020 (Quirk – D, Hayward) Cannabis: local jurisdiction licensees: temporary event license

 

Seven tobacco-related bills are moving through the legislature:

AB 62 (Wood – D, Healdsburg) Public housing: smoke-free policy

SB 631 (Nielsen – R, Gerber) Nitrous oxide: retail sales

AB 1097 (Levine – D, San Rafael) State beaches and parks, smoking ban

AB 2308 (Stone – D, Scotts Valley) Cigarettes: single-use filter ban

AB 3225 (Burke – D, Inglewood) California Children and Families Program

SB 835 (Glazer – D, Orinda) Parks: smoking ban

SB 836 (Glazer – D, Orinda) State beaches: smoking ban

 

You can find a the full version of this update HERE.

 

Please contact Alyssa Stratton with any questions at 916-585-7664 or Alyssa.stratton@lung.org.

April Showers Bring…New Organizing Documents!


Feel like Spring yet? Well it will once you see the Center’s two updated organizing documents! Check them out, use them in your campaigns, and let us know how we can help.

  • Assessing the Political Environment Checklist (PDF) – Starting a new campaign, working on a new city or objective? This document provides a thorough checklist of different things to consider in your campaign, from local politics to community relations. By having a thorough understanding of the local community, you’ll be better prepared to strategize and organize.
  • Pre-Meeting Checklist (PDF) – Working with your coalition on meetings with elected officials? From setting up to the meeting to doing post-meeting follow-up, every step in engaging your elected officials is important. Make sure you’re completely prepared for your legislative meetings by going through this checklist with you and your team.

Contact us at john.yi@lung.org and we’ll travel to you to help make your campaigns a success.

For all Proposition 99 projects, we provide our trainings for free.

Legislative Update: Bills Moving Forward in 2018 Session


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The California legislature reconvened January 3 for the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative session. One bill that was introduced but not resolved in 2017 in is no longer eligible for the 2018 session. Three tobacco-related bills surrounding state parks and beaches have been introduced and are moving through the legislature. While there is still a week to introduce more bills, committee hearings are currently underway and will continue over the next several months as they move forward in the legislative process.

 

Bills No Longer Moving Forward in 2018

SB 719 (Anderson – R, Alpine) STAKE Act: definitions

 

Bills Moving Forward in 2018

AB 1097 (Levine – D, San Rafael) State beaches and parks, smoking ban

SB 835 (Glazer – D, Orinda) Parks: smoking ban

SB 836 (Glazer – D, Orinda) State beaches: smoking ban

 

You can find a pdf version of this update HERE. Please contact me with any questions at Alyssa.stratton@lung.org or 916-585-7664.

Legislative Update: California Legislature Reconvenes


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The California Legislature reconvened today for the 2017‐2018 legislative session. This is the second year of a two-year session. Some bills from last year, which have been designated as “two-year” bills, may be revisited and new bills can be introduced. For the complete legislative update, please click here.

Federal update: TV & Newspaper Ads on Tobacco Industry Wrong Doing Launched this Weekend


Photographs of the Capitol Dome and its Surrounding Grounds taken in January and early February of 2007

In 1999, the Department of Justice sued the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers and tobacco trade organizations in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming civil fraud and racketeering violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act. On August 17, 2006, the tobacco companies were found guilty and ordered to pay the costs associated with the death and disease resulting from the use of their products, a portion of which needed to fund programs dedicated to helping individuals quit smoking and public education. They were also ordered to produce public corrective statements, which would correct previous statements made by the industry that were blatantly false.

 

After years of waiting, the original order will now be implemented. On November 26th, 2017, the tobacco industry started
running corrective statements. Find the full report here.

Final Update and Tobacco Vote Record 2017 California Legislative Session


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At the end of each legislative session, the Center produces an annual vote record that summarizes the outcome of each bill and how each member of the legislature voted. Click here for our latest vote record.

New report released: Campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures of tobacco interests, 2017-2018 election cycle


The State Capitol in Sacramento, California. This is a low angle view of the front of the building from the northwest. The American Flag, the California Flag and the POW MIA Flags are flying at half mast.

The American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has released a new report from the Tobacco Money in California Politics series detailing tobacco interest spending for the first six months of the campaign cycle. The new report, Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures of Tobacco Interests in California: 2017-2018 Election Cycle: January 2017-June 2017, shows that tobacco interests have already spent over $300,000 on campaign contributions and political committee donations for the 2017-2018 election cycle, and over $500,000 lobbying on tobacco‐related issues.

 

To see contributions to your legislators check out our Database of Tobacco Money in California Politics. This database contains information about campaign contributions from tobacco interests to members of the California Legislature, both past and present. The database can also be searched by district, election cycles and county.

 

This report is part of a series of reports on lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions of tobacco interests produced by the Lung Association. Additional reports for past election cycles are available at http://center4tobaccopolicy.org/tobacco-money-politics/#tobacco-money-report.

Legislative Update: Governor vetoes two tobacco-related bills


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The deadline for the governor to sign or veto new legislation was October 15. Governor Brown vetoed two tobacco-related bills that would have banned smoking within state parks and coastal beaches, citing over-reaching powers of government and excessive fines as reason to stop the bills from becoming law.

The first year of the 2017/2018 legislative session ended on Friday, September 18. One tobacco-related bill is eligible to be revisited during the next legislative session, which will reconvene on Wednesday, January 3. For the complete legislative update, please click here.

Legislative Update: First year of 2017-2018 session ends


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The first year of the 2017/2018 legislative session concluded on Friday, September 18, which was the deadline for regular session bills to make it out of the Legislature and to the Governor’s desk. The deadline for the Governor to either sign or veto bills is October 15th. This is the first year of a two year legislative session, so any tobacco-related bills introduced in regular session that did not pass out of the Legislature will still have another opportunity to do so next year.

Two tobacco-related bills were approved by both the Senate and Assembly and sent to the Governor for his action. The governor has three options, (1) he can sign the bill into law, which allows the bill to take effect, (2) he can veto the bill, which stops the bill from taking effect, or (3) he can do nothing, which allows the law to take effect. For the complete legislative update, please click here.

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