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Secretary of State Ross Miller Gathers Public Support for Campaign Finance Reporting Reforms
Secretary Miller's legislative proposals increase transparency in elections
Posted Date: 2/4/2011
Contact: Pam duPré
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(Carson City, NV; February 4, 2011) – Secretary of State Ross Miller is asking concerned voters and public interest groups to show their support for his campaign finance reporting reforms by visiting his website and Facebook pages and sharing the information with their friends and followers.  Supporters are encouraged to visit and click on the "Support Transparent Elections" logo or on the Facebook link below it.   By clicking on the "e-notification" button, supporters can sign up for news updates. 

Secretary Miller’s legislative package will increase the transparency and accessibility of information on candidate and political action committee (PAC) campaign contributions and expenses. The legislation is partially in response to some of the campaign practices that were employed during the 2010 election cycle. The reforms will allow the public to more easily find out the sources and amounts being spent to influence Nevada campaigns.

Secretary Miller says Nevada should not accept its poor performance in national rankings on the state’s campaign finance and disclosure laws and he is prepared to continue fighting for even bolder action on campaign finance reform. “I have made this issue a priority, and have introduced some of these measures before,” said Miller. “While some measures have been taken, they don’t go far enough in giving the voter real time information about the money being raised and spent by candidates, or by in-state or out-of-state groups supporting or opposing candidates. We want to give voters access to as much information as possible before they go to the polls. That’s when the information is the most valuable to the voters.”

The Secretary of State's legislative package will increase the transparency of Nevada’s campaign finance laws by:
• requiring candidates and PACs to electronically file contribution and expense reports;
• establishing a searchable campaign contribution database;
• limiting the amount of contributions to certain PACs to the same level as candidate contributions;
• adding to the reporting period an additional contribution and expense report to be submitted prior to the start of early voting;
• requiring PACs to update registration annually with the Secretary of State's office; increased penalties for election violations;
• requiring the parties making independent expenditures to register with the Secretary of State’s office, include disclaimers on their materials, and to report their finances before voting begins. Independent expenditures will also be subject to the same contribution limits as candidates.

“I encourage all concerned citizens to help me turn up the heat and make reform happen in 2011,” said Miller. “It’s going to take the collective voice of Nevada’s voters, the people who will benefit most from this reform. I’m encouraging supporters to use the power of social media to help me generate public support for these long-overdue reforms.”

The proposed bills (AB 81 & AB 82) also address other election-related issues including enhanced voter registration protections, third-party voter registration activities, candidate filing fees and fines, ballot advocacy groups, and other measures.