7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill requires a person that makes an expenditure for certain advertisements relating
10 to a ballot proposition to disclose the person's identity in the advertisement.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ requires a person that makes an expenditure for certain advertisements relating to a
14 ballot proposition to disclose the person's identity in the advertisement; and
15 ▸ makes technical changes.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 20A-11-901, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 230
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 20A-11-901 is amended to read:
26 20A-11-901. Political advertisements -- Requirement that ads designate
27 responsibility and authorization -- Report to lieutenant governor -- Unauthorized use of
29 (1) (a) Whenever any person makes an expenditure for the purpose of financing an
30 advertisement expressly advocating for the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate,
31 or solicits any contribution through any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, outdoor
32 advertising facility, direct mailing, or any other type of general public political advertising, the
34 (i) if paid for and authorized by a candidate or the candidate's campaign committee,
35 shall clearly state that the advertisement has been paid for by the candidate or the campaign
37 (ii) if paid for by another person but authorized by a candidate or the candidate's
38 campaign committee, shall clearly state who paid for the advertisement and that the candidate
39 or the campaign committee authorized the advertisement; or
40 (iii) if not authorized by a candidate or [
41 clearly state the name of the person who paid for the advertisement and state that the
42 advertisement is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
43 (2) (a) A person that makes an expenditure for the purpose of financing an
44 advertisement related to a ballot proposition shall ensure that the advertisement complies with
45 Subsection (2)(b) if the advertisement expressly advocates:
46 (i) for placing a ballot proposition on the ballot;
47 (ii) for keeping a ballot proposition off the ballot;
48 (iii) that a voter refrain from voting on a ballot proposition; or
49 (iv) that a voter vote for or against a ballot proposition.
50 (b) An advertisement described in Subsection (2)(a) shall:
51 (i) if paid for by a political issues committee, clearly state that the advertisement was
52 paid for by the political issues committee;
53 (ii) if paid for by another person but authorized by a political issues committee, clearly
54 state who paid for the advertisement and that the political issues committee authorized the
55 advertisement; or
56 (iii) if not authorized by a political issues committee, clearly state the name of the
57 person who paid for the advertisement and state that the advertisement is not authorized by any
58 political issues committee.
66 communication shall file a report with the lieutenant governor within 24 hours of making the
67 payment or entering into a contract to make the payment.
68 (b) The report shall include:
69 (i) the name and address of the person described in Subsection [
70 (ii) the name and address of each person contributing at least $100 to the person
71 described in Subsection [
73 (iii) the amount spent on the electioneering communication;
74 (iv) the name of the identified referenced candidate; and
75 (v) the medium used to disseminate the electioneering communication.
77 nomination or election to any public office, or in connection with any question submitted to the
78 voters, include or cause to be included the name of any person as endorser or supporter in any
79 political advertisement, circular, poster, or publication without the express consent of that
82 any newspaper or other periodical to induce him to advocate or oppose editorially any
83 candidate for nomination or election.
84 (b) It is unlawful for any owner, editor, publisher, or agent to accept any payment to
85 advocate or oppose editorially any candidate for nomination or election.