Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Campaign Finance Proposal by Terri Lynn Land

Secretary of State Terri Land has a comprehensive campaign finance reform plan.

Land’s proposals include:

Requiring real-time online reporting of all contributions, receipts, expenditures and disbursements by every committee filing with the state.


Prohibiting committees from spending contributed funds until the information is posted on the Department of State Web site. As Land says, "Don’t spend a dime until it’s posted online!" The department’s Web site will be redesigned so that citizens can immediately view each committee’s recent transactions and current cash balance, similar to an electronic checkbook register.


I have no problem with that, but unless local races are now covered at the state level by MERTS, this will be a major pain in the arse. I really do not want to have to go to the Clerk's office every time I have a transaction. That's my only objection. That said, I certainly support this in principle. Currently, we only see part of the transactions, and only three to five times a year. January, Pre-primary, post primary, pre-general, and post general election statements. That's not good enough. I need to know what the opponents are doing.

Requiring committees to provide their unique identification number with each contribution made to a candidate committee or another committee. That helps regulators and the public better track contributions.


I'm not sure what this changes offhand. Mertz requires this now.

Requiring that the sponsors and financing sources of "issue" ads be reported.


I have no problem there as long as ads themselves are not restricted 30/60 days before like Mr McCain insists on.

Eliminating confusion by having all Political Action Committees (PACs) file with the Department of State. Some PACs currently register with county clerks.


This affects me, but I have no problem with that. All it changes is who sees them.

Keeping campaign finance laws current by requiring all new political communication mediums – such as the Internet and robotic phone calls – to carry a disclaimer that identifies who is paying for the message.


I hate those robocalls. As for internet, I need to see the specifics first, but I don't think it should be touched.

Closing a special allowance in current law that permits candidates to transfer money raised for their current office to a new committee created for seeking a higher office. Land wants to prohibit those transfers, usually made by incumbents, and require candidates to deposit money raised for their next campaign into a committee formed solely for that purpose.


I support this 100%, but good luck getting this passed.

Providing the Department of State with audit authority and subpoena powers so that it can ensure proper reporting and bring necessary data to compliance hearings. An effective compliance process needs the basic tools to do the job.


I have no problem with that.

The details are here.

I need to see everything in final form, but currently support this as long as the proposals are the same in their final form as they are here. I do get my guard up at anything internet related in regulation. That's my only concern.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Closing a special allowance in current law that permits candidates to transfer money raised for their current office to a new committee created for seeking a higher office. Land wants to prohibit those transfers, usually made by incumbents, and require candidates to deposit money raised for their next campaign into a committee formed solely for that purpose.


I support this 100%, but good luck getting this passed."

Easily done, just grandfather in existing war chests as being exempt.

Anonymous said...

This about time

Bush Announces Gas Price Investigation Ahead of Speech

Kevins said...

I support this legislation too, but I fail too see why you would doubt this would get passed. Land is a republican, and they control both houses. What’s the problem? For me, the problem is I don’t trust Terry Lyn Land. She is so partisan she’s wrecking that office. If you go by her track record, this is just a proposal to trot out during stump speeches, and it will go nowhere. In the end you are right dan, this will not get approved.

The Adrian Insider said...

This may be of interest to your readers....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
John Truscott
APRIL 26, 2006 (517)485-8404

DeVos says stop the windfall tax gouging

Cap the tax on the gas tax


Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos says it¹s time to cap the sales tax on gas in Michigan. DeVos says the cap should begin when gas prices are at or exceed $1.95 per gallon.

³As gas prices soar, some turn to blaming and complaining. I propose action and results,² said DeVos. ³This is one of those times. Residents should not have to deal with the additional burden of high sales tax on gas. Lansing can do something to help families. I am advocating an end to the windfall tax gouging of Michigan families.²

Residents pay 19 cents per gallon in a state gas tax and the federal government collects another 18.4 cents per gallon. In addition, the state also collects 6 percent sales tax on the price of gas.

DeVos says that even with the cap, school funding will still be protected. ³School funding will still be protected even if we cap the tax,² said DeVos. ³School funding was approved when the anticipated revenue from the gas tax was much lower.

³The state doesn¹t need the additional excess; residents should be able to keep their hard-earned money.²



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Kevins said...

This is so ridiculous it’s almost funny, but it illustrates so much what dick devos is really about. Oil companies are recording record profits, but he wants to take money away from Michigan’s coffers that so badly need it. Well, he’s is looking out for his constituents, the rich corporations, so Why am I not surprised.
Also, what does this have to do with campaign finance?

Anonymous said...

If Land really BELIEVES in her campaign/election reform proposals, who is she pressing to actually SPONSER this as legislation? ...

... or is this all just smoke and mirrors?

--- Waiting for reform in Rockford