Alabama to get searchable campaign contribution system


Alabama voters will soon be able to learn about candidates' contributions and expenditures without scrolling through page after page of campaign finance reports on their computers.Secretary of State Beth Chapman said her office's new online campaign finance system will be available to candidates and the public May 29. A state law enacted in 2011 provided for the creation of the computer database. It also required candidates for state offices and political action committees to file their campaign finance reports electronically for the 2014 elections. Since the 1990s, the paper reports had been scanned in. They were available on the secretary of state's website, but they were not searchable by contribution or expenditure.Chapman says the new system was developed by Quest Information Systems for $300,000.