Target: United States Senate
Goal: File Senate campaign finance reports electronically.
The United States Senate is required to file financial disclosure reports annually. These reports are available to the interested public—provided they can find a way to attain them. The Senate files these reports only as paper copies, which are only available to those who can visit the building on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives, on the other hand, makes its documents available online to anyone.
The Senate needs to follow the House of Representatives in e-filing these documents. The interested public does not just live in Washington, D.C. Every citizen has a right to see publicly released documents. Additionally, e-filing will save the federal government up to $400,000 a year. The idea of e-filing has wide support from many people, but still needs to be put into action.
E-filing documents that are made available to the public will be a positive change for everyone. The government will save money by not printing out copies of these documents. The public that does not live in the Washington, D.C. area will be able to access these documents. Tell the Senate to make the move to e-file these documents today.
Dear United States Senate,
You are required to file financial disclosure reports each year. However, although the reports are said to be available to the public, they are only really available to those in the Washington, D.C. area who can attain a paper copy. This method of disclosing these documents does not make them truly publicly available.
I ask you to e-file these documents. Making them available online will allow any interested citizen to see them. Additionally, it will save the government thousands of dollars each year by not printing out copies. E-filing these documents will bring the Senate into the modern age and allow every citizen, no matter where they are, to be part of the government.
[Your Name Here]