Campaign Financing http://wesa.fm en State Senator: Campaign Spending Could Be More Transparent With Better Software http://wesa.fm/post/state-senator-campaign-spending-could-be-more-transparent-better-software <p>A state senator is calling on the commonwealth to make campaign finance reports more readily available to the public, but some say what’s needed isn’t new software, but new law.<br /><br />Pennsylvanians shouldn’t have to wait days or weeks to see online who’s donating to a political candidate, or how much a candidate is spending, said Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) Wednesday. At a hearing with the Pennsylvania Department of State, he used the example of making a deposit in a bank.<br /> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:40:32 +0000 Mary Wilson 26246 at http://wesa.fm Are PA's Campaign Finance Rules in Need of Reform? Depends Who You Ask http://wesa.fm/post/are-pas-campaign-finance-rules-need-reform-depends-who-you-ask <p>If you ask any of the Democratic candidates for governor, Pennsylvania’s campaign finance rules are atrocious. If you ask the sitting governor, Republican Tom Corbett, the wells of donor and financial information are a click away and need no reforming.<br /><br />The field of gubernatorial candidates shrank once more last week with the exit of John Hanger. His parting words included a diatribe on the effect of big spending in political campaigns.<br /> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 25945 at http://wesa.fm New Website Design Aims to Make Campaign Finance Reports Easier to Find http://wesa.fm/post/new-website-design-aims-make-campaign-finance-reports-easier-find <p>The Pennsylvania Department of State has redesigned the portion of its <a href="https://www.campaignfinanceonline.state.pa.us/pages/CFReportSearch.aspx">website</a> that contains campaign finance reports. Spokesman Ron Ruman said the old site design was confusing.</p><p>“It was set up in a way that perhaps made sense to candidates or people that file campaign finance reports and that sort of thing,” said Ruman, “but to the average citizen that doesn’t deal with those things a lot it was kind of confusing, it wasn’t necessarily intuitive in the way it did the searches.”</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:47:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24710 at http://wesa.fm State Senate Passes Campaign Finance Proposal to House http://wesa.fm/post/state-senate-passes-campaign-finance-proposal-house <p>A proposal aiming to provide more transparency to campaign finance data has passed the state Senate.<br><br>Candidates for statewide office and the General Assembly would have to file their campaign finance reports electronically under the plan. They, along with political action committees, could also trigger more frequent filing deadlines if they raise $10,000 or more in a calendar year.<br> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:38:06 +0000 Mary Wilson 8124 at http://wesa.fm