Ruth Johnson offers Sunshine Week push for more election transparency in Michigan

March 11, 2013 1:45 PM

From Detroit Free Press:

LANSING — Michigan's top elections official wants to require political campaigns to report financial contributions within 48 hours after they receive them, one of several proposals aimed at giving voters nearly real-time information about the money behind the candidates.

As part of this week's observance of National Sunshine Week, an initiative aimed at improving government transparency, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said she is working with lawmakers to draft legislation and push through some long-elusive changes to the state's campaign finance system. Under current law, voters often have to wait months before being able to access critical information about contributors to groups funding the candidates.