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South Carolina: campaign finance reports now on the Web

AP reports: Campaign finance reports from South Carolina political candidates hit the Internet for the first time Monday on the State Ethics Commission's Web site.

"It's a very exciting time for us," Ethics Commission Executive Director Herb Hayden said. "We've been trying for seven years to get this accomplished and it's very nice to know that we've caught up to the 21st century."

The state campaign finance reporting filing deadline is today. In the past, the public had to wait two days to view paper reports at the commission and then pay 50 cents a page if they wanted copies.

With the new system, reports are online within a few hours of being submitted. And the public now can search the records by candidate or donor name for free. For now, the system only covers statewide races, including governor, treasurer and education superintendent. -- The Post and Courier | Charleston.net | News | Charleston, SC

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