BIPEC, the one of the state’s leading business and industry advocacy groups, this week launched a new tool to allow the public to have a little bit easier look at campaign finance by elected officials in Mississippi. It’s mostly focused on statewide and legislative officials, but it has a little bit more functionality than the Secretary of State’s website in that users can sort by political party, position, cash on hand, amount raised in the last year and amount spent in the last year. The list is starting with the most recent annual reports that were due for 2016 on 1/31.
The new site can be found at http://bipec.org/campaignfinance/
With campaign finance transparency by public officials continuing to be an ongoing battle, this is a tool that will make it easier to find out what elected officials are doing with campaign finance funds and who is supporting them. Much like what we do here at Y’all Politics, it’s democratizing and aggregating relevant data. And while we are on the topic, Mississippi Center for Public Policy’s SeeTheSpending website is always worth a look to better see how government functions financially.
These tools are put forth at great time and expense by groups determined to move the needle for better government.