The Missouri Ethics Commission released two improvements to their website. Both enhancements improve the transparency and search capabilities for information available to the public about campaign finance reporting. “The Commission continues improving transparency and resources available to the public about campaign finance reporting”, says Julie Allen, Executive Director.
The new search, 48 Hour Report of Contributions Over $5,000, allows the public to view campaign finance contributions reported on the 48 Hour Contributions Over $5,000 report. The search results yield reported contributions which can be viewed in varying categories (today, yesterday, or current month) or a specified time period. Section 130.044, RSMo., requires all individuals and committees, required to file campaign finance disclosure reports, to electronically report to the Commission, within 48 hours, any contribution exceeding $5,000 made by any single contributor.
The Commission also enhanced the campaign finance Contribution and Expenditure search features. The enhancement allows users to see contributions and expenditures for all electronically filed campaign finance committee reports as well as identify those committees not electronically reporting with the Commission. Previously, the search yielded results for only those statewide and legislative committees required by law to electronically file their campaign finance reports with the Commission. State law requires all statewide candidates, legislative candidates and continuing committees making contributions in excess of $15,000 per year, to file their campaign finance reports electronically with the Commission. All other committees may elect to electronically file their campaign finance reports with the Commission.
The Commission’s online campaign finance searches can be accessed at www.mec.mo.gov under Campaign Finance or Common Searches.