SD unveils new campaign finance websiteRAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota is getting a new website that the secretary of state says will make it easier to monitor money in state elections.
RAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota is getting a new website that the secretary of state says will make it easier to monitor money in state elections.
The site at http://www.sdsos.gov will become live on Dec. 1. Once candidates begin filing campaign finance reports on Feb. 1, the public will be able to search by candidate, donor and more, said Secretary of State Jason Gant, who unveiled the system Tuesday at a Rapid City museum.
Public access currently is limited to scanned images of paper reports filed by candidates. With the new system, candidates and donors will be able to report donations online, though they will not be required to. Gant's staff will digitize any paper reports.
"The information was always out there but you couldn't search it in this kind of manner where you can pinpoint or find a certain item," Gant said.
Some lawmakers see the new system as a significant improvement.
"As a freshman senator, I was really appreciative of what he's put together," said Sen. Bruce Rampelberg, R-Rapid City. "When I started keeping track of everything I was receiving in the way of donations, and also in the way of expenditures, I had to come up with my own system. I had to figure out how all these forms worked. It was very paper intensive, and I spent a lot of time on the telephone."
Gant said he paid for the $17,000 system through his office budget.