Editorial: Cochran tries to ease Senate into a new era

The United States Senate has its own pace. For instance, it was not until 1986 that senators permitted cameras to record their sessions. By then, the House of Representatives had been televising itself for seven years.

Now, nearly three dozen senators, including Thad Cochran of Mississippi, want to ease their colleagues a little farther into the 21st century. They are cosponsoring a bill that would increase transparency and save taxpayers an estimated $500,000 by requiring Senate candidates to electronically file election-related reports with the Federal Election Commission

Senators and senatorial candidates are the only remaining federal officeholders and seekers not required to electronically file campaign finance reports.

Congressional and presidential candidates, non-Senate party committees, PACs and 527 organizations have filed electronically with the FEC since 2001.

Sun Herald