Secretary of State

By JUDY LIN Associated Press
Posted: 05/21/2013 12:39:42 PM PDT
Updated: 05/21/2013 01:33:49 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has agreed to expand the way her office presents campaign finance data online after initially rejecting the request from a coalition of good-government groups, research organizations and newspapers, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The Secretary of State’s Office will make California’s entire campaign finance and lobbying database, known as Cal-Access, available for download on one spreadsheet daily by Labor Day. Currently, the secretary of state’s office creates CD-ROMs upon request and sends them by mail for $5, or the public has to search online by each candidate, group or committee.

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