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North Country News
Thu January 17, 2013
Republican Lawmakers Call for Campaign Disclosures
Republicans in the Vermont House and Senate are trying to get out in front on the issue of super-PACs, and the influence they're having on political campaigns.
Representatives Kurt Wright of Burlington, Ron Hubert of Milton and Tom Koch of Barre Town were among those speaking at a news conference Thursday where they outlined legislation they said would bring greater transparency to funding for political campaigns.
Among the provisions they're calling for: online campaign finance reporting to make for easier public access and use by candidates and PACS than the current paper-based system.
And when a super-PAC, which can take unlimited contributions, does so from a single or a few large donors, they want those donors identified in ads the PACs buy.
Democratic Party leaders are welcoming the effort.
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