Senator Cam Ward has a great article at Doc’s Political Parlor describing legislation to bring more transparency to campaign finance in this state. Currently campaign finance reports are filed by mail or in person and scanned copies are available online. As Cam points out, this makes searching them impossible.
Under this legislation, once a campaign disclosure report is filed, the electronic report will become part of a database allowing citizens to search contributors by name which gives them a full picture of who gives and receives money in statewide elections. This system will be similar to the searchable databases that are used by the Federal Elections Commission which monitor congressional and presidential races.
We’re glad to see the legislature moving toward more transparency. Voters should have access to information in an easily accessible, easy to understand format.