California declines to update campaign data online

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Updated: 4/26/2013 3:37 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's secretary of state has denied a request by a coalition of good government groups, research organizations and newspapers to change the way it presents campaign finance data online to improve accessibility.

Shannan Velayas, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Debra Bowen, said Friday that making the entire campaign finance database available for download on one spreadsheet every day would involve "writing new code on a system that is very old."

Bowen sent a letter last week responding to the request from MapLight and California Common Cause, expressing concerns about privacy and costs. MapLight, which is based in Berkeley, examines money in politics while Common Cause advocates for government transparency.

MapLight president Dan Newman offered to write a software script to redact private information such as addresses and bank numbers.


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