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Group Letter to Senators on Electronic Filing

Group Letter to Senators on Electronic Filing

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Group letter urging Senators to voluntarily file their campaign finance reports and cosponsor S. 219, the Campaign Finance Disclosure Parity Act
Group letter urging Senators to voluntarily file their campaign finance reports and cosponsor S. 219, the Campaign Finance Disclosure Parity Act

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Published by: Sunlight Foundation on Jun 09, 2011
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 1June 9, 2011Dear Senator:The undersigned are writing to urge to you cosponsor S. 219, The Senate CampaignDisclosure Parity Act, introduced by Senators Tester and Cochran. In addition, weurge you to voluntarily file your campaign finance reports electronically with theFederal Election Commission.Voluntary electronic filing is a simple step you can take to make your campaignmore transparent and show your support for S. 219, even before the bill is enacted.Senator Boxer, Cochran, Cornyn, Leahy, Lugar, Feinstein, Sanders and Tester filedelectronically during the first reporting period of the year. All Senate candidatesshould follow their lead to make campaign finance information more transparent and accessible to the American people.The current system is archaic. Filing campaign finance reports with the Secretary of the Senate, who then prints them out and delivers them to the FEC, only to be re-entered into its own computer databases, wastes hundreds of thousands of dollarseach year and denies the public timely access to information. Unfortunately, effortsto mandate electronic filing by Senate candidates have been stymied since the billwas first introduced in 2003.Voluntary filing will never obviate the need for a change in the law. But it is an easyway for you to demonstrate your support for transparency. The information alreadyexists in electronic form, and the FEC makes it easy to file electronically by simplydownloading its free filing software and contacting the agency for an ID andpassword. Other candidatescandidates running for the House, presidentialcandidates and other political committees have filed their campaign financereports electronically for many years. Many of you filed electronically when youwere House members.The next deadline for filing FEC reports is July 15. We hope you will decide to fileyour reports electronically then and continue to do so for every reporting periodthereafter. We also hope you will cosponsor S. 219. Both actions will demonstrateyour support for more transparent elections.If you would like to discuss this matter further, please have your staff contact LisaRosenberg of the Sunlight Foundation at lrosenberg@sunlightfoundation.comSincerely,The Campaign Finance InstituteThe Campaign Legal Center

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