Chairman Daines Secures Bill to Increase Transparency in Senate Campaign Finance Filing System, Save Taxpayer Dollars

Moving Senate candidates to the ‘E-file’ system would save taxpayers nearly $900,000 a year 

U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, secured a bill to require U.S. Senate candidates to electronically file their campaign finance reports. U.S. Senate candidates are currently the only federal candidates that do not use an electronic filing system.

Chairman Daines secured the bill in the 2019 Fiscal Year Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which appropriates funds for the federal candidate filing system.

The appropriations bill will now move to the Senate floor for consideration.

“America’s campaign finance system must be transparent and disciplined with taxpayer dollars,” said Daines. “The Senate filing system has lagged behind and it’s time to do what is right for the democratic system and American taxpayers by bringing it to the 21st Century. This bipartisan proposal will save taxpayers nearly $900,000 a year and make it easier for voters to access campaign finance information on Senate congressional candidates.”