Information collected and held by governmental agencies must be similarly accessible to enable and ensure a strong democracy. To assess the current state of campaign-finance disclosure across the country, the National Institute on Money in State Politics surveyed the 2010 disclosure practices in each of the 50 states. Using the information obtained from the surveys, the Institute then identified best practices for state agencies to employ to best provide campaign-finance data to the public. They may be found here. People also need to become informed about what disclosure looks like in their state-the state surveys may be found here.
Anne, thank you for sharing this useful information on governing State Campaign Finance. The Investigation is taking a close look into campaign finance practices in each state. The best practices provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics identified at the links you provided are a tremendously useful resource for officials who will want to use the results of their corruption risk report card to pursue reform.
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