Which Senator is standing in the way of better campaign finance transparency? The Sunlight Foundation is investigating who is holding up a bill to mandate electronic campaign finance filings. They've identified five Senators who won't say whether they put a hold on the bill, or whether they object to it: these five need to come clean.
The bill, S. 223, by requiring Senators to file their campaign finance reports electronically would make said reports reports more readily available to the public and save money. So who's trying to hold this bill up? If you feel like doing a little detective work, give the five Senators below a call, ask if they are responsible for the hold on S. 223, then be sure and report the results of you call here.
Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
David Vitter (R-Louisiana) (202) 224-4623
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) (202) 224-5344
Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) (202) 224-6253
Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire) (202) 224-3324
From Paul Blumenthal at Sunlight, some points to keep in mind when calling:
1. The offices of Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) both admit that there is a secret hold on the bill. If someone questions the existence of a hold inform them of this.
2. The office of Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) has repeatedly told us that the Republican policy for secret holds is to reveal the culprit after 72 hours. By my count it has been way past 72 hours since the hold went into effect.
3. If the Senator who placed a hold on the bill by making an objection seriously wanted to review the bill they have now had an entire week to review the bill. It only says one thing: Senators, all of whom already use the software necessary to do so, will file their campaign finance reports electronically.