"When voters go to the polls in November 2004, they will have relatively
little information from Senate candidates . . . covering the critical fundraising months from July through October. From the
voter's perspective, most of these reports might just as well not exist."
"WHAT MAKES the Senate so special that it exempts itself from a key requirement of campaign finance
disclosure law that applies to everyone else?" The nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute posed this query following the third-quarter
filing deadline for presidential contenders, congressional candidates, political parties and political action committees.
Almost all these candidates and committees filed their reports electronically, meaning that the information was almost immediately
accessible -- and searchable -- over the Internet. ...
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