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California Fair Elections Act Of 2008; Definitions   

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A "coordinated expenditure" means a payment made for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election for Secretary of State that is made by any of the following methods:

(a) By a person in cooperation, consultation, or concert with, at the request or suggestion of, or pursuant to a particular understanding with a candidate, a candidate's controlled committee, or an agent acting on behalf of a candidate or a controlled committee.

(b) By a person for the dissemination, distribution, or republication, in whole or in part, of any broadcast or any written, graphic, or other form of campaign material prepared by a candidate, a candidate's controlled committee, or an agent of a candidate or a controlled committee.

(c) Based on specific information about the candidate's plans, projects, or needs provided to the person making the payment by the candidate or the candidate's agent who provides the information with a view toward having the payment made.

(d) By a person if, in the same primary and general election in which the payment is made, the person making the payment is serving or has served as a member, employee, fundraiser, or agent of the candidate's controlled committee in an executive or policymaking position.

(e) By a person if the person making the payment has served in any formal policy or advisory position with the candidate's campaign or has participated in strategic or policymaking discussions with the candidate's campaign relating to the candidate's pursuit of nomination for election, or election, to the office of Secretary of State in the same primary and general election as the primary and general election in which the payment is made.

(f) By a person if the person making the payment retains the professional services of an individual or person who, in a nonministerial capacity, has provided or is providing campaign-related services in the same election to a candidate who is pursuing the same nomination or election as any of the candidates to whom the communication refers.

(Added by Stats. 2008, Ch. 735, Sec. 4.)