FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu, Public Information Officer
(702) 486-6982 / 334-7953
(Carson City, NV; January 7, 2014) – To further advance campaign finance transparency laws throughout the country, Nevada joins the States’ Unified Network (SUN) Center, whose goal is to promote collaborative enforcement among disclosure officers nationwide. State and municipal campaign oversight officials are joined together to promote transparency in campaign finance by sharing ideas, strategies, and legislation.
“As Nevada’s chief elections officer, I have long been a proponent of campaign finance transparency and making that information easily accessible to the public,” said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. “Our AURORA Campaign Finance Disclosure System is a great advancement and a popular tool for Nevadans to find out which individuals or organizations are funding which campaigns. By joining the SUN Center, Nevada is furthering its commitment to campaign finance disclosure and enforcement.”
“For the first time, states and cities are banding together to share innovative ideas, strategies and legislation related to campaign finance,” said Ann Ravel, the former chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and recent appointee to the Federal Election Commission. “The SUN Center will be a one-stop shop for the public to stay informed and encourage campaign disclosure in elections.”
The Center displays proposed and existing legislation organized by issue area, current news, and other information concerning campaign finance. It also plans to host a database of organizations that make contributions in multiple states, allowing campaign disclosure enforcement entities to exchange information, identify patterns, review enforcement histories, and coordinate enforcement efforts.
The group is nonpartisan and consists of 12 states and cities, including New York State and City, California, Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington, and Iowa. The group is informal, but confers regularly to bring best practices and coordination to campaign disclosure efforts in individual states and at the national level.
The SUN Center was launched in October 2013. View the SUN Center website by clicking here or visiting fppc.ca.gov/suncenter.
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