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Frances Perkins, the first woman appointed to a U.S. Cabinet post,greets President Franklin Roosevelt in this 1940s photo.
Frances Perkins Center
In a world of electronic everything, the Senate has rigidly stuck to its policy of allowing senators and candidates to file their campaign spending and fundraising reports in paper form. The result is mountains of paperwork -- often arriving by mail days after they were due -- that Senate staff must scan page by page before sending the reports to the Federal Election Commission for posting online.
It sometimes takes weeks -- even months -- for all the reports to be posted, wasting staff time and plenty of paper.
Watchdog groups have been trying for years to require electronic submission, but with no luck in the stodgy Senate. This year, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is re-introducing his bill to require Senate campaign committees to file electronically like all other federal campaign committees.
King, I-Maine, has signed on as a co-sponsor.
"Congressional campaigns are only becoming more expensive, while the transparency of their funding remains murky at best," King said in a statement. "The result is a regrettable amount of money influencing our elections with voters still asking where it all came from. This common-sense measure will not only ensure candidate accountability and increase transparency for voters, but it will do so in a timely manner while saving taxpayer money."
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