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Mississippi campaign finance bill passes

Legislation passed Friday by the [Mississippi] House and Senate will make it easier for people to access campaign finance reports and harder for politicians to hide contributors. ...

The bill will require politicians to disclose who co-signs for debts. Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck promised to work for this legislation while campaigning for re-election last year after questions arose over old campaign loans.

The bill would also require disclosure of sources of soft-money television ads 60 days before an election that mention any candidate's name.

The Senate passed the bill by a unanimous roll call vote, despite some reservations about an electronic filing requirement. The bill requires candidates who receive more than $75,000 in contributions to file reports on "software prescribed by" the Secretary of State. -- Campaign finance bill passes (Biiloxi Sun Herald)