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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 14, 2021 04:10 PM
From: Representative Peter Schweyer
To: All House members
Subject: Local Candidate Campaign Finance Transparency
 
In Pennsylvania, there is a varying process regarding the filing of candidate finance reports for statewide and local candidates. Statewide legislative and judicial office candidates file campaign finance reports with the Department of State, which are then posted on the department’s publicly accessible website. Local candidates file their finance reports with their respective county Board of Elections, and voters must contact each county to view each finance report. This discrepancy results in inefficiency and places an undue burden on voters.

My legislation would require all county Board of Elections to file these reports with the Department of State for publication on the department’s publicly accessible website within 30 days of receipt of all local candidates’ campaign finance reports. Enhanced transparency will result in clarity to an otherwise convoluted process and will serve as a public accountability mechanism.

With our constituents in mind, it is imperative that we take the initiative to promote transparency through standardizing the manner in which campaign finance reports for each candidate are accessed. It is my hope that you will join me in this effort to empower oversight and accountability in the government decision-making process. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.



Introduced as HB650