August 13, 2009

Shining a light onto campaign finance reporting

In today's Las Vegas Sun there is an op-ed by Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller that gives a great overview of the dismal state of campaign finance transparency in Nevada.

The transparency that is essential to good government has been clouded for too long in Nevada, and while many states are taking steps to increase transparency, here in the Silver State we are making little or no progress. Nevada’s laws regarding political campaigns, particularly the laws regarding campaign finance disclosure, are ranked among some of the nation’s worst.

Secretary Miller also includes some suggestions about online voter registration, which would be a disaster, but his points about campaign finance reform are spot on.

Make sure to read the whole piece to fully understand why Nevada needs a comprehensive reform effort to "clear the air" of entrenched powers and finally shine some light on the black hole of campaign funding.