Monday, December 12, 2016
Ventura County Grand Jury Calls For Improvements In Public Access To Campaign Spending Reports
This year’s elections once again raised big issues about campaign spending.
A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says while information on spending on local races was available in the county, it was sometimes difficult to find.
The Grand Jury started an investigation after receiving a complaint about the difficulty of accessing records. The panel says that in many cases, the only way to access required campaign spending filings at the county level, or in the county’s ten cities is in person. The report says it most cases, you can’t find the information online.
The Grand Jury recommends that that the county and its cities move to make the information readily accessible online. It notes that Simi Valley has the most user-friendly format, and suggests that other jurisdictions adopt it to make doing campaign spending searchers easier.
December 7, 2016
KCLU – NPR for the Central Coast
By Lance Orozco