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  • Latest Action: Feb 26, 2009 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 25.

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  • 94% of users support S.482

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • 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.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: 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.

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    • Sunlight Foundation

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    • Campaign Finance Institute

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On April 07, 2009, by Anonymous - The problem with our elections is that a shrinking minority of citizens believe the Republicans have solutions.

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on April 07, 2009, "The problem with our elections is that a shrinking minority of citizens believe the Republicans have solutions."
    • On September 06, 2009, by LibertarianLady - It would be really nice if senators were required to file both paper AND in electronic format. The elimination of a paper trail is somewhat worrisome to me.

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      As noted by LibertarianLady, a user on OpenCongress.org, on September 06, 2009, "It would be really nice if senators were required to file both paper AND in electronic format. The elimination of a paper trail is somewhat worrisome to me."
    • On May 14, 2009, by dirq - Does this allow for citizens to connect to these proposed data sources and do any mashups with the data? That would be sweet and would *really* make the process open.

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      As noted by dirq, a user on OpenCongress.org, on May 14, 2009, "Does this allow for citizens to connect to these proposed data sources and do any mashups with the data? That would be sweet and would *really* make the process open."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.482: A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the ... - March 03, 2011 by opencongress.org - The bills are H.R. 910 and S. 482. ___. Online: Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov. Posted by markolinger7961 at 4:53 PM · Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz. Labels: EPA, GOP ... Source: markolinger7961 ... OpenCong

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 03, 2011, "The bills are H.R. 910 and S. 482. ___. Online: Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov. Posted by markolinger7961 at 4:53 PM · Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz. Labels: EPA, GOP ... Source: markolinger7961 ... OpenCong" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s482/show)
    • ATWOOD AND OTHERS v SELLAR & CO | 73 Wire - January 04, 2011 by 73 Wire - n(1) 3 M. & S. 482. was a general average cause. The cargo was necessarily relanded and warehoused in order that such temporary repairs might be done as would enable the ship to prosecute her voyage; and such repairs having been done, ...

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      As noted by 73 Wire on January 04, 2011, "n(1) 3 M. & S. 482. was a general average cause. The cargo was necessarily relanded and warehoused in order that such temporary repairs might be done as would enable the ship to prosecute her voyage; and such repairs having been done, ..." (http://73wire.com/england-and-wales/atwood-and-others-v-sellar-co/)
    • New Rules For a New Senate - December 28, 2010 by Congress, Courts and Sex Offenders - This is why common-sense proposals, like requiring senators to file their campaign finance disclosure electronically rather than by snail mail (i.e. S. 482). Everyone wants this kind of stuff to pass, but because it's easy to threaten ...

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      As noted by Congress, Courts and Sex Offenders on December 28, 2010, "This is why common-sense proposals, like requiring senators to file their campaign finance disclosure electronically rather than by snail mail (i.e. S. 482). Everyone wants this kind of stuff to pass, but because it's easy to threaten ..." (http://congress-courts-legislation.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-rules-for-new-senate.html)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Sunshine Week Report Card on Government Transparency - March 24, 2010 by Open Secrets - ...would save six tons of trees a year), this is inexcusable. Senators, getting an "A" in this subject is really easy: Pass S.482. This bill would require members of the Senate to file their campaign reports electronically, putting an end to this coy game.

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      As noted by Open Secrets on March 24, 2010, "...would save six tons of trees a year), this is inexcusable. Senators, getting an "A" in this subject is really easy: Pass S.482. This bill would require members of the Senate to file their campaign reports electronically, putting an end to this coy game." (http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/03/sunshine-week-report-card-on-govern.html)
    • Jake Brewer: The Senate Hates Young People and Trees... - August 04, 2009 by Huffington Post - ...And, why should we be denied the opportunity to find out who is funding Senate candidates' campaigns in a timely manner? S.482 is the lowest of low-hanging fruit, and it's time the Senate picked this one off and let us move on to even more pressing tra

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      As noted by Huffington Post on August 04, 2009, "...And, why should we be denied the opportunity to find out who is funding Senate candidates' campaigns in a timely manner? S.482 is the lowest of low-hanging fruit, and it's time the Senate picked this one off and let us move on to even more pressing tra" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jake-brewer/the-senate-hates-young-pe_b_252169.html)
    • Sunlight in Every Corner… - June 09, 2009 by Sunlight Foundation - ...is heard with a goal of delivering at least 15,000 petition signatures. - On the Senate side, we’re finally seeing headway on S.482 which will require Senate offices to report their campaign finances online. This is another no-brainer, folks. Thankful

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      As noted by Sunlight Foundation on June 09, 2009, "...is heard with a goal of delivering at least 15,000 petition signatures. - On the Senate side, we’re finally seeing headway on S.482 which will require Senate offices to report their campaign finances online. This is another no-brainer, folks. Thankful" (http://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2009/06/10/sunlight-in-every-corner/)
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