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State official says Internet campaign finance report problems will be fixed

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A state official says problems with the new Internet system for campaign finance reports will get fixed.

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says several changes are in the works to make the system easier for people to navigate.

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That's after watchdogs and campaign treasurers said the system was too confusing, with too many mistakes and omissions.

Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign told a legislative committee Tuesday that it's a lot harder and more time consuming for people to see how campaigns are financed.

Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, said he would introduce a bill to let candidates use the old paper filing system until the glitches on the one-year-old Internet set-up are fixed.

Kennedy said his office has streamlined the system and boosted capacity to its server.

But after the last round of finance reports in July, around 30 campaign committees still had problems.

Kennedy said he would meet tomorrow with the system's software vendor to discuss more changes.

They'll include fewer steps to use the interface, making the system compatible for filers who don't use Microsoft browsers and operating systems, and letting candidates with dial-up access e-mail their reports to the accountability board.

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