The United States Senate has moved into the electronic age with its disclosure today of the personal wealth reports of Senators and candidates, although it still remains in the dark ages with no electronic filing of campaign finance reports.
U. S. Senators, candidates and senior staff took advantage of a new Senate electronic filing system on Thursday to file their annual personal financial disclosure reports. These reports disclose their CY2013 income, financial transactions, liabilities, and other information on their personal wealth.
Of the 100 Senators, 70 of them filed electronically, 14 filed in paper format, and 16 were granted extensions to file at a later date. Numbers for candidates and staff are not yet available.
The Secretary of Senate made the filings available on Friday, May 16th, one day after filings were received. In previous years, the processing and scanning of the paper reports for public disclosure took about 30 days.
Annual personal financial disclosure reports for members of the House of Representatives and candidates are not yet available. However, most members and staff appeared to have filed electronically on Thursday, based on the small number people hand delivering filings to the Clerk's Legislative Resource Center. In past years, lines of people trying to file their reports went out the door.