By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY — Increased financial disclosure, greater restrictions on contributions and gifts, and tougher penalties for campaign violations are the goals of new legislation for the 2013 Nevada Legislature detailed by Secretary of State Ross Miller.
The “Aurora Act,” named for the new campaign contribution and expense search function now available at the Secretary of State Office’s website, includes language that would:
- Require near real-time reporting of large dollar campaign contributions and expenses;
- Define further the prohibition on personal use of campaign funds;
- Restrict candidates and public officials from receiving “gifts” from donors who may pose a conflict of interest;
- Allow the Secretary of State’s Office to seek injunctive relief to order individuals or groups to file campaign finance reports;
- Increase penalties.
Miller said the campaign reform measures passed in the 2011 legislative session were the most comprehensive in Nevada history.
“We’ve made progress in increasing transparency and accountability in recent sessions, but we can clearly do more and do better,” he said. “I believe that we will have an initial coalition of lawmakers that can make this happen.”