Trevor Potter Comments on E-Filing of Campaign Finance Documents
President Trump signed a budget bill last week with new requirements for candidates for the Senate to electronically file their campaign finance reports, a change from the current system requiring manual data entry. It’s a move made by the House years ago and has been long sought by accountability advocates.
“This will save taxpayers nearly $1 million every year, enhance transparency and help to increase accuracy,” said Trevor Potter, president of CLC, and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, in a statement from his group sent out shortly after the bill was signed.
“Citizens will finally be able to view and search the actual Senate reports online and watchdog organizations will be able to better monitor and analyze campaign activity,” Potter said.
“After years of advocating for this change, we are happy that the public’s right to timely and accurate election data will no longer be buried under a mountain of paper,” he said.
Mr. Potter also leads the Political Law Group at Caplin & Drysdale.
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Excerpt taken from the article “Watchdog Cheers E-Filing of Campaign Finance Docs” by Brad Kutner for Courthouse News Service.