Commentary: Changes to campaign finance overdue

This editorial appeared in The Lexington Herald-Leader.

In this wired world, it's ridiculous that Kentuckians have to wait for a state employee to manually enter campaign finance information to find out who's giving money to a political candidate.

Campaigns should file their disclosures electronically to give the public quick Internet access to more timely information, enabling voters to make more informed choices.

Thirty states require statewide candidates to file disclosure reports electronically. Twenty-four states require electronic filing from both statewide and legislative candidates.

Kentucky lawmakers have been considering such a requirement for years. Now's the time to do it.

Mandatory electronic filing for candidates who raise more than $25,000 is included in a modest package of campaign-finance reforms that needs only House approval to become law.

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