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April 7, 2014

BRIAN HOWEY: Terre Haute attorney's overhaul of U.S. election finance

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“That’s a fair question,” Mourdock answered. “I want to be very careful here. Some candidates have gotten in trouble — accused of sending a message independent of what they said in the microphone. I’m not doing that. Am I comfortable with the system when so much money comes in?” A few seconds later, he added, “I wish we had a better system.”

I spent hours sifting through the FEC filings of Super PACs and it was anything but transparent.

Today, the technology exists for complete transparency. In theory, a donor could scan a check into a digital format before sending it on to a candidate, political party or PAC. It could be quickly posted on the FEC website into the candidate, campaign or PAC’s account. Citizens should be able to see who is spending what for whom.

The rich are going to spend money on campaigns and parties. The key is to allow voters to know who is writing the checks and as quickly as possible.

Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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