The Pennsylvania Department of State has launched a revamped, more user-friendly website to view campaign finance reports of candidates for statewide offices, Gov. Tom Corbett has announced.
Campaign contributions and expenditures are by law public information. The Department of State has maintained a website for several years where these reports are filed. However, users often found it difficult to locate specific reports due to a cumbersome search process. After seeing the difficulty many people encountered using this system during the 2012 election cycle, Corbett directed the DOS to develop a better system.
The new site offers visitors a variety of candidate filings from which to choose. Without the user selecting another type of filing, the site automatically defaults to showing campaign reports, which contain the most comprehensive information on what a candidate or campaign committee raised and spent. The site also defaults to the current year, unless a user chooses a specific past year, or all years for which a given candidate has filed reports.
Candidates who file nominating petitions and campaign finance reports with the Department of State include those running for governor, state Senate, state House, attorney general, auditor general, treasurer, statewide judicial offices, and judges of county courts of common pleas.
Candidates for federal offices file their nominating petitions with the Department of State, but they file their campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. Candidates for local and county offices file their nominating petitions and campaign finance reports with their respective county board of elections.
The campaign finance website is at www.dos.state.pa.us, and under the heading “Most Frequently Requested Services,” clicking on “Campaign Finance Report Search.”