Mayfield works to streamline campaign finance reporting

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill requiring all state legislative candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically.

According to Mayfield, all candidates for statewide offices are already required to file their campaign finance reports electronically, but legislative candidates have the option to file either electronically or through a paper format. Mayfield said while the majority of legislative candidates file electronically, there are still a number of finance reports that are filed manually.

“This proposal would increase accuracy and efficiency because it eliminates the need for an employee of the division to manually enter the information into the database, which is very time consuming and creates opportunities for error,” Mayfield said. “Filing electronically will also eliminate unnecessary delays in reporting, thereby increasing transparency.”

Campaign finance data is collected by the Indiana Secretary of State, which posts the detailed records for public viewing at campaignfinance.in.gov. By law, campaign committees must disclose all contribution, expense, in-kind, or loan transactions.

“This website is a great tool providing transparency,” Mayfield said. “My bill will simply allow for the information to be available online faster and more accurately.”

House Bill 1597 now moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,

which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.

She is the assistant majority floor leader and serves

on the House Ways and Means, Public Policy and Insurance committees.

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