Bring the Senate into the 21st Century
Call Senator Lott today
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There aren’t too many issues on which the liberal and conservative work well together. Transparency in government is one. And today, Adam Bonin makes a fantastic point – and one that we ought to take up as our own: why on earth, in this era of digital politics, do Senate campaigns still file their reports...on PAPER?!
It’s true. While all the campaigns for the House – even the White House – file their reports electronically, allowing anyone with an internet connection to do their own research, in the Senate, “candidates deliver their reports on paper (even though those reports are written on computers). The paper filings are laboriously scanned and then key-punched into an electronic system, a procedure that often takes six weeks to finish and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
There’s a bill to fix this, of course. And unfortunately for our side – it’s one of our guys holding it up. S. 1508 is stuck in Trent Lott’s Rules and Administration Committee. (Also, it looks like Senator McConnell might have a hand in slowing this down as well)
So please, get on the phone and call Senator Lott’s office at (202) 224-6253. Make sure they know that S 1508 deserves a hearing – and deserves a vote.