Most Senators Opt to Wait to Take e-filing Leap

But pending proposal would end era of paper campaign finance reports By Michael Beckel, Center for Public Integrity– The U.S. Senate could soon force its members to electronically file their campaign finance reports, but most senators remain unwilling to instantly disclose their political dollars, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission filings. Only 21 senators — a bipartisan group that ranges from Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — voluntarily e-filed unofficial copies of their second-quarter campaign finance reports to the FEC by Tuesday’s deadline. The reports covered funds raised and spent between April 1 and June 30. Unlike presidential hopefuls, U.S. House candidates and political groups, Senate candidates file campaign finance reports on paper with the Secretary of the Senate. That office, in turn, scans them and forwards them to the FEC, which then pays a private contractor to manually input data the...

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