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A Decade of Nondisclosure: A Brief History of the Senate's E-Filing Failures

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For more than a decade, the Senate has failed to pass no-brainer legislation requiring Senators and challengers to file campaign disclosure reports electronically. Unlike their colleagues running for president or House, Senate candidates file campaign disclosure reports on paper, a dated practice that is wasteful and damaging to the integrity of the institution.

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A bill to amend the Senate’s archaic policy has been introduced in six consecutive Congresses, only to be shot down by secret holds, political maneuvering, and poison pills. Here’s the story of the Senate’s decade-long failure.