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Nevada seeks voluntary disclosures

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports:

Unhappy at his failure last year to get better information on campaign contributions from politicians, Secretary of State Dean Heller is asking elected officials to voluntarily report additional figures this month.

By law, elected officials must file reports periodically stating how much money they have raised and spent during campaigns. The first of such forms are due Jan 15.

Heller is sending a letter to elected officials asking them to report how much cash they had on Jan. 1, 2003, how much interest they earned on contributions in 2003, how much they spent during 2003 and how much they had left as of Dec. 31.

The current forms require candidates to report how much they raised and spent during 2003 but not how much money they had left over from the last reporting period.