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This bill, which mirrors S. 223
from the 110th session of Congress, would require the Senate to file their campaign finance forms electronically, rather than in paper forms. The Senate's current system, which involves a lot of mailing, scanning, printing, etc. slows down public disclosure of who is donating money to candidates for the U.S. Senate. Candidates for The House of Representatives and presidency already file their reports electronically.
In the last session of Congress, the sponsors of this bill brought it to the floor for consideration on several occasions, but it was blocked from an otherwise quick passage by a hold
from Sen. John Ensign [R, NV]
. With the larger Democratic majority in the Senate this session and the support of many Republicans, it is likely to be passed.
OpenCongress bill summaries are written by OpenCongress editors and are entirely independent of Congress and the federal government. For the summary provided by Congress itself, via the Congressional Research Service, see the "Official Summary" below.
2/25/2009--Introduced.Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require Senate candidates to file election-related designations, statements, and reports in electronic form. Requires the Secretary of the Senate to forward a copy of any elect...Read the Rest
Organizations Supporting S.482
- Sunlight Foundation
- Campaign Finance Institute
- The Center for Responsive Politics
- Public Citizen
- Office of Management and Budget Watch
- ...and 5 more.
Organizations Opposing S.482
- None via MapLight at this time.
See the money trail
behind this bill for more info on how campaign contributions may be influencing senators' and representatives' votes.
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