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Sep 21, 2018

President Trump Signs Tester's Campaign Finance Reform Bill into Law

Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency is Tester's 20th Signed by Trump


(Big Sandy, Mont.) - President Donald Trump today signed U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bill to make Senate campaigns more transparent.

Tester's bill, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, requires candidates to electronically file financial disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission, making them immediately available to the public and saving taxpayers money.

It's the 20th Tester-authored bill Trump has signed in law.

"With the signing of my bipartisan e-filing bill, the Senate is finally joining the 21st century," Tester said. "I've been fighting for over 10 years to make this common-sense idea a reality, and now elections will be more transparent for everyone."

U.S. House of Representatives and Executive Branch candidates have been required to file electronically since 2001, and advocates say the bill will save taxpayers nearly $900,000 a year. Tester first introduced the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act in 2008 and has subsequently reintroduced the bipartisan bill every Congress since.

Good government advocates praised Tester's tireless efforts to pass the bill:

"Jon Tester has fought relentlessly to make this common sense, good government change that will shine a light on money in politics," said Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United. "The public has a right to know who's trying to influence and buy our elections. There's no reason candidates running for Senate should be able to hide important disclosures for days or weeks. Senator Tester has been a champion for transparency and we thank him for his work."

"It's time to end the Senate's longstanding insistence on paper-based campaign finance filings - to stop wasting public funds and needlessly delaying public disclosure," said John Wonderlich, Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation. "Senator Tester has been an important leader in efforts to create more efficient, effective systems for political finance information, and his support of e-filing in the Senate has helped the measure progress to where it is today."

"Senator Tester has led the way in making our elections and our democracy more transparent since he first got into office, and has worked tirelessly to get this bill across the finish line," said C.B. Pearson, a long-time Montana good government and campaign finance advocate. "I'm thankful we have such a strong advocate for campaign finance reform and accountability in government representing Montana."

Tester, a longtime advocate for campaign finance reform, has introduced multiple bills to reverse the impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and increase transparency in elections.

A list of the other 19 Tester-authored bills that Trump has signed into law is available HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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