February 16, 2011

Campaign finance reform laws introduced in Legislature

Last Friday, Secretary of State Ross Miller introduced AB81 and AB82.

AB82 is similar to the question Transparent Nevada asked candidates last year about requiring candidates to file campaign contributions and expense reports electronically so the public could view them. This would make public information more accessible.

AB81 requires candidates to to file expense reports four days prior to early voting. Currently, candidates file reports seven days prior to primaries and general elections, which means early voters know less than those who vote on election day.

The Nevada News Bureau reports that the bills seem to have bipartisan support as both Assembly Speaker John Oceguera (D-Las Vegas) and Governor Brian Sandoval (R) supporting campaign finance transparency. If these bills pass, Nevada may improve its 'F' grade on campaign reporting.