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Allegheny County to post campaign reports on Internet

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports,

County Council unanimously approved an ordinance last night that will give Internet users access to a database of campaign contributions and expenditures.

Council President Rick Schwartz's campaign finance bill does not require candidates to file their reports electronically. But those reports that are filed electronically will be posted on the county's Web site, effective April 1, 2005.

By Jan. 1, 2007, all reports will be posted on the site, regardless of whether candidates file them electronically or on paper.

(Disclosure: I have represented Schwartz and several other Democrats on the County Council in redistricting litigation.)