Hosemann launches ‘searchable’ campaign finance reports

Mississippi politicians running for state or district offices now can — if they so choose — file campaign finance reports in a “searchable” electronic format that will allow people to more easily track the influence of money in politics.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, in an online news conference Tuesday, said he will lobby the Legislature to make electronic filing mandatory for statewide, district and legislative offices by 2020. He said he will push this in the 2017 legislative session along with numerous other election and voting reforms that failed to pass in this year’s session, including prohibitions against candidates spending campaign money on personal expenses and online voter registration.

Mississippi is the last state to allow upper-ticket candidates to file paper — even handwritten — campaign finance reports.

Clarion Ledger