Secretary of State Eric Clark says a campaign-finance bill that passed the Senate Tuesday is "weak as water."
But Senate Elections Committee Chairman Terry Burton says the bill proposes important changes without making rules that are too complicated for candidates to follow.
The bill would increase the amount of money corporations could give to candidates. It doesn't address questions about "soft money" flowing into Mississippi elections from special interest groups.
The bill passed the Senate 37 to 10 and will move to the House, which passed its own campaign-finance bill last month.