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Brighter Light Focuses on Campaign Spending and Transparency in Nevada with Launch of Aurora Searchable Database
Campaign Contributions and Expenses & Financial Disclosure Statements now Filed in Online, Searchable Database
Posted Date: 1/17/2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherine Lu 
             (702) 486-6982 / 334-7953 
             clu@sos.nv.gov  

 

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(Carson City, NV; January 17, 2012) — Nevada voters can be better informed now than ever before with the launch of Secretary of State Ross Miller’s Aurora database, a user-friendly, searchable database for all campaign and public officer finance disclosures. Aurora, which can be accessed directly through the Secretary of State’s homepage at www.nvsos.gov, will provide a new level of insight into who is funding campaigns, and how those funds are being spent.

“We named it Aurora because it provides illumination as to how campaigns and our elected representatives are funded,” said Miller. “A healthy, vital democracy requires well-informed voters, and Aurora offers voters the opportunity to get more information more quickly, and consequently make better informed decisions at the polls.

“Aurora is a logical extension to the new campaign filing laws that went into effect January first of this year. As a result of AB 452, passed in the last legislature, candidates are now required to report their campaign contribution and expense reports, and financial disclosure statements electronically with my office. So it makes sense to have that information as accessible as possible to Nevada voters.”

Aurora includes many new features not previously available to Nevada. It will allow users to search and sort all filed Contributions & Expense (C&E) Reports and Financial Disclosure Statements (FDS), and also has the ability to export search results into Excel, CSV and PDF formats for additional sorting and usage.

The Contribution Search and Expenditure Search functions will allow users to search results by the following criteria:
- Individual Candidates
- Political Races
- Groups
- Contributions, including by amount, date range and similar addresses
- Contributors
- Expenditure Recipients

Aurora will also include future expanded services offered by other divisions of the Secretary of State’s office. “We’re maximizing the potential of our IT capacity,” said Miller. “In all the divisions in my office, digital services are our best opportunity to serve the most Nevadans effectively and efficiently.”

Additional enhancements planned for later phases of Aurora include:
- More user-friendly filing features
- Resident Agent Searches
- Penalties Searches
- Hotlinks to the corporate details pages for corporate contributors and recipients
- Reports comparing original v. amended reports
- Online Group Registrations (e.g. Political Action Committees)

Deployment of Aurora will begin at 12 a.m. tonight following the close of the current FDS and C&E Report filing period. The system will be offline for a short time period during deployment and will be up and fully functioning by the start of business on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Aurora is and will continue to be a technological build completed solely by the Secretary of State’s IT staff at no additional cost to taxpayers.

The Secretary of State’s office oversees Nevada’s business licensing, elections, registered securities, and domestic partnerships. Miller serves as a director for the Nevada Board of Examiners, the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development advisory board, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. As the state’s chief elections officer, Miller supports fair and transparent campaigns in an effort to restore the public’s faith in the electoral process.

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