Campaign Finance

Government Transparency
Voting and Elections

Overhauling the state‚Äôs campaign finance laws is one of my top legislative priorities.  Pennsylvania is one of only five states that have no contribution limits; voting is at an all-time low, I believe in part, because many citizens believe their vote cannot compete with the enormous sums of money that candidates collect from deep pockets.  Restoring public confidence in government is a tall task, but I believe that passing meaningful campaign finance legislation is a step in the right direction.

I have authored legislation that would require all candidates and political committees to electronically file quarterly expense reports with the state in non-election years, and require General Assembly candidates to file an extra report six weeks before an election. All reports would be available online to the public.

In addition, I have introduced bills that would impose contribution limits for individuals, political party committees and political action committees, define expenditure as a payment only for legitimate and verifiable campaign expenses, increase the report late filing fee from $10 to $20 for the first 10 days and an additional $50 fee for each day thereafter, with the maximum fee for a single report set at $1,000, and require the secretary of the Commonwealth to develop a computer database and electronic reporting system for campaign contributions and expenditures, which would be available to the public, and establish a training program for the system.