NORMAN — Advocacy groups that make independent political expenses to local elections will be required to identify donors of $50 or more under a new state law that was signed by the governor this week.
The law makes the Ethics Commission the local sheriff of election laws. Norman already does a decent job of policing elections with a commission that works to educate candidates on the rules before they venture into trouble zones.
The gray areas seem to be on issue campaigns. Advocacy groups that get involved in elections are not always as transparent as many voters would want them to be.
The new law also requires that campaign spending reports are available to be viewed within the county where the political race is taking place.
We suggest the first-floor bulletin board at the Cleveland County Courthouse office building.
Making the Election Commission in charge of enforcement and fines gives a sense that the rules will be enforced uniformly throughout the state.
We hope the law gets some traction and leads to more transparency.
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