Steve Sweeney

Sen. President Steve Sweeney joined State Senator Troy Singleton Thursday in calling for greater transparency among government advocacy groups.

Sweeney backs donor transparency measure

{child_byline}COLT SHAW

Staff Writer

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Senate President Steve Sweeney on Thursday announced his support for a bill that would require groups that seek to influence the political process to disclose their donors, a move he says will increase transparency.

State Sen. Troy Singleton, D-Burlington, introduced a bill last February to revise existing legislation to include expanded reporting requirements for any organization that spends $3,000 or more in pursuit of influencing the political process. It would require information from those organizations on contributions and expenditures over $300.

Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, wants to revise Singleton’s bill to require disclosure of all contributions retroactive to the beginning of 2018.

In a statement, Sweeney said adding his name to those calling for greater transparency is about strengthening the democratic functions of the system.

“If they are attempting to advocate for favored policies, influence the fate of legislation or direct state regulations, the public has a right to know,” Sweeney said. “Full disclosure will improve the process of government and enhance public confidence.”

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Contact: 609-272-7260 cshaw@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressColtShaw

Staff Writer

I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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