Secretary of State Calls for Better Transparency in Elections, Real-time Funding Reports

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she is working with lawmakers to draft legislation aimed at giving the public better access to campaign finance information.

Johnson is announcing her proposals as part of this week's observance of National Sunshine Week, an initiative aimed at improving government transparency.

Johnson says she wants to require state-level candidates and groups campaigning for or against ballot questions to report contributions of $1,000 or more within 48 hours. Anyone would be able to access it online in three days. Currently, groups are only required to report contributions periodically.

She says "when the public gets that information, they can make an informed decision about who they vote for."

Other proposals include extending electronic reporting of contributions to local candidates, like mayors and other city officials.

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