Ken de la Bastide : Political cash reports lack transparency

While politicians at the state and local levels pledge to bring transparency to government, a lack of campaign finance transparency emanates from the Indiana Secretary of State's office. Twice a year during every election cycle, I check with the Madison County Clerk's office and the Election Division of the Secretary of State's office to review campaign finance reports.

The candidates, political parties and political action committees operating in Madison County are required to file a report at the county courthouse. It used to be a common practice that candidates for a seat in the legislature would file a courtesy copy of their finance report with the Madison County Clerk's office. Not any more!

Now to find out about the finances of a candidate for a seat in the Indiana House or Indiana Senate, the average resident has to go online to view the report. Continue>>>