DAILY JOURNAL – OUR OPINION: Hosemann proposes solid package of campaign laws

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann unveiled a package of proposed procedure and election law reforms Tuesday, including transparency in who makes reportable contributions and detailed open records of how campaign money is spent.

Hosemann, Mississippi’s chief election officer by virtue of his statewide office, wants any person to have electronic access to campaign finance records, with full implementation of reforms beginning in 2020. The online filing is voluntarily available now at Campaign Finance Search on the secretary of state’s website….

…Hosemann’s proposals aren’t about federal campaign finance, only Mississippi’s laws, the sphere within the immediate influence of the Legislature, state leaders and citizens.

Just more than three months remain before the 2017 session convenes, when Hosemann and other supporters of reform face the daily grind to win passage.

We believe Mississippi politics at every level can gain integrity with the campaign finance reforms proposed.

Daily Journal
9/28/16