"The arms race for money that drives our campaigns threatens the concept of one person, one vote."
NCVCE presents "Friend of Disclosure" awards to 5 legislators
North Carolina Voters for Clean Election Coalition presents their 2014 Friend of Disclosure Awards to Senator Tom Apodaca, Representative Pricey Harrison, Representative David Lewis, Representative Paul Luebke and Representative Paul Stam for their work on passing electronic disclosure of campaign finance NCVreports.
The passage of Senate Bill 403 included a provision requiring all statewide candidates who raise or spend more than $5,000, and all other candidates who raise or spend more than $10,000, to file their campaign finance reports beginning in 2017 electronically. The measure was based on House Bill 919, legislation the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections coalition and its allies worked to pass in the North Carolina General Assembly.
“We applaud these legislators for taking bold steps towards increasing accountability and transparency in elections,” said Melissa Price Kromm, Director of North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections. “As more money floods into state politics, it's important for North Carolina citizens to know who is trying to influence their elections. Electronic filing brings North Carolina into the 21st century by replacing costly, wasteful and cumbersome paper reports with more efficient, accurate and speedy disclosure.”
“With gridlock in Washington, we depend on our state legislative bodies to enact meaningful change,” said Price Kromm. “As North Carolina has distinguished itself with the unwanted honor of the most outside spending ever in a U.S. Senate race, we are proud these North Carolina legislators demanded change and led the bipartisan effort to pass this disclosure bill.”