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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 16, 2019 10:53 AM
From: Representative Mark K. Keller
To: All House members
Subject: Electronic Filing of Campaign Finance Reports
 
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation which would require that all candidates for office and political action committees (PACs) in Pennsylvania utilize the Department of State’s online filing system to electronically file campaign finance reports (Former HB859 from last session).

Paper filing of campaign finance reports is outdated, costly, and inefficient. Requiring all filings to be electronically filed would greatly improve government transparency and accountability while at the same time reducing expenses for the state. According to the Department of State, a third of all campaign finance reports are already filed electronically. If the other two-thirds of candidates and PAC’s were to begin filing electronically, the existing online system would be able to handle it with no additional cost.

Most importantly, this system will greatly hasten the process of disclosure to keep up with political and legislative developments in the state. There have been times during which there has been a lag in the posting of information from paper reports. Because of this, Commonwealth citizens and public watchdog groups are unable to efficiently gain access to these public documents. Instead, if a member of the public wants to see a recent campaign finance report, they must travel to Harrisburg, or they would have to pay for copies of the report to be sent by mail or e-mail.

Pennsylvania must not be left behind in the era of increased public transparency online. We have the technology to give our citizens the transparent government they deserve while saving the tax payers money.

Previously Signed On: BRIGGS, CARROLL, COX, DELOZIER, DIAMOND, DUNBAR, EVERETT, FITZGERALD, JAMES, MACKENZIE, MOUL, NEILSON, READSHAW, REESE, SCHLOSSBERG, SCHWEYER, SIMMONS, SOLOMON, WHEELAND.

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Introduced as HB633