Ever try searching through the state's campaign finance site? It ain't very easy. Reports are uploaded late -- as the Daily News points out below -- as candidates file by paper, and even with less than a week to go before election the latest gubernatorial campaign filings can't be searched online by the public. (Even when you do get to them, you have to go page through page via confusing breakdowns by election cycle, shown in the pic above.)
To be fair to the state, the federal site is confusing too (though quicker) and the Dept of State is just living according to state law.
Anyway, here's Bob Warner at the DN today:
THROUGHOUT the campaign for governor, candidates Tom Corbett and Dan Onorato have called for more transparency in state government and politics.
But when it came time last week for the two candidates to file reports on their own recent fundraising, running upwards of $9.4 million, neither was willing to provide the state or the news media with clean, computerized lists of the people, businesses and political-action committees bankrolling their campaigns.
As a result, the state had to send hundreds of pages of paper filings to a private data-entry contractor to be punched into a computer, at taxpayer expense. Just six days before the election, the candidates' reports are not yet available to the public on the Department of State's campaign finance website[.]