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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user donnyshaw on September 19, 2011 in support of S.219 Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act.
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S.219 Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

I am writing as your constituent in the 1st Congressional district of Massachusetts. I support S.219 - Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org:

Would require senators and Senate candidates to file their campaign finance disclosure forms electronically so the information can be made public in a more timely manner. Senate campaigns are the only federal political committees that are not required to file their disclosures electronically.

With more special-interest money flowing to campaigns than ever, it is extremely important that the public has timely access to information about where Senate candidates are getting their funding from.

I am disappointed that neither of thesenators have become co-sponsors of this common-sense, non-partisan transparency bill. Please support this important bill!

Sincerely, -Donald Shaw

This letter was a reply from the office of John F. Kerry on September 19, 2011.
Message from Office of Senator Kerry

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