U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is using Alaska’s campaign finance rules as a model for the rest of the nation.
Along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Murkowski is introducing a campaign finance reform bill today that would limit spending by Super-PAC’s.
Those are political action committees that can campaign independently of candidates without disclosing the source of the funding
Murkowski and Wyden’s legislation would treat donations to candidates and Super-PAC’s equally, and creates a real time database of donors.
Federal laws currently require quarterly disclosures, with information sometimes unavailable until months after an election.
Murkowski and Wyden co-authored an op-ed in December that said ads borough by the Super-PAC’s “lower the level of political discourse.”
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010, the State of Alaska Enacted new campaign rules aimed at limiting Super-PAC’s.