Voters Won't Know Who Supported Senate Candidates Until After Election
By Mike Lillis 08/01/2008
Voters hoping to learn who's contributing to their lawmakers this election season instead find a a gaping hole: Due to antiquated rules requiring senators to file campaign disclosures on paper, the records of upper chamber members take weeks to process. The procedure means that donations made closest to November's elections will go largely unseen until well after the last vote has been cast.
For campaign reform advocates, the set-up is maddening.
"It's absolutely unjustifiable," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign watchdog group. "It really just boggles the mind."
"Especially in this election cycle," said Josh Zaharoff, assistant director of campaign-finance reform at Common Cause, "which will be the most expensive election in history, we ought to be able to see where this money's coming from, and we should know before the election's over."