Where did the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on Campaign Disclosure in the Senate?
For decades now, nearly all federal campaign finance reports have been filed electronically so we can find out as soon as possible who’s been getting funded by whom. I say “nearly all” because there’s a lone holdout: the U.S. Senate. The United States Senate allows its members to file campaign finance reports on paper, which means that it takes months for staffers to type in all that data so that you and I can read it at the Federal Election Commission website. By the time we read about campaign contributions in a Senate race, chances are good the race will already be over, when we can’t change our votes. That’s just what some senators prefer.
For years now, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act has been introduced to the Senate for consideration. It would end this antiquated practice and speed up campaign finance reporting for the Senate. But for years, a small cadre of senators has blocked the action by refusing to sign their names on in support. Every year, as a result, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act has died.
We’re in the 2016 presidential campaign season now, and a good share of the candidates have served in the U.S. Senate. What is their record of support for the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act? Congressional database reports for this bill in the 110th, 111th, 112th, 113th and current 114th Congresses tell the tale. Candidates’ records are shared below for the time they were in office in the U.S. Senate.
Q: Did 2016 Presidential Candidates Cosponsor the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act?
Hillary Clinton (D): YES (110)
Ted Cruz (R): NO (113), NO (114)
Lindsey Graham (R): YES (110), YES (111), YES (112), YES (113), NO (114)
Rand Paul (R): NO (112), NO (113), NO (114)
Marco Rubio (R): NO (112), NO (113), NO (114)
Bernie Sanders (I): YES (110), NO (111), NO (112), YES (113), YES (114)