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New report examines, critiques NC’s weak (and archaic) campaign disclosure laws

This new report is just in from the watchdogs at Democracy North Carolina:

“Disclosure Law Shields State Legislators, Donors

As the General Assembly debates who should control the State Bureau of Investigation’s ability to probe political corruption, a new study says many state legislators are shielding themselves – and their donors – from scrutiny by filing incomplete, misleading, or hard-to-decipher campaign reports.

Under state law, legislative candidates must file six reports during the two-year campaign period to disclose who is donating to their campaigns and how the money is used.

But the election watchdog group Democracy North Carolina found that 92 of the 170 legislators

have sent the State Board of Elections paper report s during the 2014 campaign instead of using software that makes the information easy for the board to examine and post quickly on its website for the public to view, in a searchable format.

Lawmakers filing paper reports, some in barely legible handwriting, include Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes, and Senate Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Buck Newton. Legislators who consistently submit reports electronically, even though it’s not required, include Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, and Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue….”

Read the rest of the report by clicking here.

 

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