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Mississippi campaign finance bill advances

A bill that cleared the House 91-29 on Tuesday would require more disclosure of who donates cash or makes loans to candidates in Mississippi elections, supporters say.

Among other things, the bill would require disclosure of "soft money" spent by interest groups within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary. ...

The bill would require candidates to disclose the source of loans and would prohibit one political action committee to give money to another PAC. Reynolds said the PAC-on-PAC contributions hide the source of donations. ...

The bill also would require that searchable electronic reports be filed by candidates who raise at least $50,000 of campaign cash a year. Most campaign finance reports are filed on paper, making page-by-page searches time consuming. -- Campaign finance bill clears Mississippi House (AP)