California Corporations Code
This title may be cited as the Subversive Organization Registration Law.
This title is enacted in the exercise of the police power of this State for the protection of the public peace and safety by requiring the registration of subversive organizations which are conceived and exist for the purpose of undermining and eventually destroying the democratic form of government in this State and in the United States.
As used in this title, "subversive organization" means every corporation, association, society, camp, group, bund, political party, assembly, and every body or organization composed of two or more persons or members, which comes within either or both of the following descriptions:
(a) Which directly or indirectly advocates, advises, teaches, or practices, the duty, necessity, or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing, or overthrowing the Government of the United States, of this State, or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence.
(b) Which is subject to foreign control as defined in Section 35003.
An organization is "subject to foreign control" if it comes within either of the following descriptions:
(a) It solicits or accepts financial contributions, loans, or support of any kind directly or indirectly from, or is affiliated directly or indirectly with, a foreign government or a political subdivision thereof, an agent, agency, or instrumentality of a foreign government or political subdivision thereof, a political party in a foreign country, or an international political organization.
(b) Its policies, or any of them, are determined by or at the suggestion of, or in collaboration with, a foreign government or political subdivision thereof, an agent, agency, or instrumentality of a foreign government or a political subdivision thereof, a political party in a foreign country, or an international political organization.
"Subversive organization" does not include any labor union or religious, fraternal, or patriotic organization, society, or association whose objectives and aims do not contemplate the overthrow of the Government of the United States, of this State, or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence.
This title imposes additional requirements upon corporations, associations, or organizations which are subversive organizations. Neither the fact that such a corporation, association, or organization was organized pursuant to law nor that its affairs and activities are in any respect regulated by law exempts it from complying with this title.
The Secretary of State may adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this title, and may alter, amend, or repeal such rules and regulations.
If any provision of this title, or the application thereof to any person, corporation, association, organization, or circumstances, is for any reason held invalid, ineffective, or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this title, or the application of such provision to other persons, corporations, associations, organizations, or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby, and the Legislature hereby declares the severability of the several sections and provisions of this title, and that it would have enacted this title without the invalid provisions or the invalid applications, as the case may be, had such invalidity been apparent.