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WYO Sunshine Week Peers Into Government Records

March 18, 2008

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming residents are encouraged to look "behind the curtain" of government secrecy this week. It's "Sunshine Week," which focuses on openness in government.

Soon, that light of scrutiny may shine on Wyoming's legislature. The state is considering electronically recording all votes. Right now, there's no way to know what each legislator decided on specific topics. Campaign donations also got attention from the state legislature.

Campaign finance records are not turned into digital documents in Wyoming, which means that only citizens who go to the Secretary of State's office to sort through the files can see them. Bob Priddy with the Radio-Television News Directors Association would like to see that changed. He says it's vital for the public to understand about the money that goes into political campaigns.

"It's important to know who's giving them money, and how they're spending the money, and where their campaign funds are coming from--those are public records. However, a lot of people don't know those are public records; a lot of people don't even know those records are filed."

Priddy says government is not the enemy, and he doesn't think most elected officials are out to mislead the public. But he says information the public needs to know can get lost in the shuffle.

"Sometimes, it's not a matter of tricking us. Sometimes, it's just a matter of being able to get the information so that we're well-informed about who's doing what and what's going on."

Opponents of new campaign finance reporting systems and electronic voting are concerned about the set-up costs.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - WY