Digital Campaign Finance Disclosure

All candidates need to file campaign finance forms showing who their donors are and how much they give. For years, candidates for president and the House of Representatives have filed their disclosures electronically, giving the public quick access. But Senate candidates file disclosures on paper, delaying public access to the information for months.

This is inexcusable. Most, if not all, Senate candidates record their campaign money on a computer. Then, come filing time, they print out a report for the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). Then, the FEC (and, therefore, taxpayers) pays to have the information key punched onto computers.

It's time to end this system, which delays public knowledge about contributions to senators and wastes taxpayer dollars – not to mention a whole lot of paper.

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