SIOUX FALLS, SD -
It's going to be easier for South Dakotans to follow the money when it comes to candidates who run for office.
The South Dakota Secretary of State launched a new online campaign finance system Thursday.
"People have a right to know where the money is coming from and who is spending money on what candidates," South Dakota Representative Jon Hansen of Dell Rapids said.
The new system is aimed at making it easier to see who is backing the state's public leaders.
Hansen believes the new site is a move toward more transparency.
"Before when you would go and search out who is giving money to what, you couldn't actually search by the people who give the money. You could only search by candidate. Now, with the new system, you can go in and search by political action committee, by individual. It's going to make it a lot easier for people to actually find out where the money is going," Hansen said.
It's also going to make it easier for legislators to report their donations because the entire process is online; there are no more paper forms to fill out.
While the new site was launched Thursday, there won't be any information in it until after January 1, 2012, when state lawmakers can start organizing their 2012 campaigns.
"Some people may not want to access information but for the people that do want to access it, they ought to be able to, it ought to be easy to access, and this system is the right direction in doing just that," Hansen said.
To take a look at the new site, click here.
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