Senate e-filing should be in place by Oct. 15 filing deadline


E-filing is on the verge of reality. 

Both chambers of Congress passed a minibus package that included a provision that would require Senate campaigns to file their campaign finance reports directly to the FEC, which would require them to submit their forms electronically. And (assuming the president signs the bill) that change would take effect immediately. A spokesperson for Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who helped shepard the provision in the minibus, told Score that the change would take place once the bill is signed — meaning that Senate campaigns will file electronically for the big Oct. 15 quarterly filing deadline. 

“This long overdue step will save money, improve accuracy, and give voters timely access to campaign finance data,” Brendan Fischer, the director of the federal reform program at the Campaign Legal Center, told Score.

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