Corruption Risk Report Card
Rank among 50 states: 22nd

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The story behind the score

Delaware earned strong scores in such areas as budget accountability, but the state has no revolving door law, and ethics enforcement is often lax. Read more from SII State Reporter Cris Barrish.

Latest state news for Delaware

State integrity news for Delaware, from the Wilmington News-Journal:

The measure that Gov. Jack Markell calls “terrific” and plans to sign in the coming days would require lobbyists to publicly disclose every contact with a lawmaker or state official about pending bills or ones that get introduced within five days of such contact.

While the information will be put on a website that residents can readily access, it’s only one of many steps that reform advocates insist Delaware needs to bring true accountability to lobbyists, their corporate bosses and the government officials they woo.

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State integrity news for Delaware, from the News Journal:

Legislation aimed at exposing lobbyists’ actions in the General Assembly is headed to the governor for his signature. Senate Bill 185, which was spearheaded by Gov. Jack Markell, requires lobbyists to file electronic reports within five days of engaging a lawmaker on a specific piece of legislation.

Delaware’s 392 registered lobbyists represent 1,004 clients on everything from payday lending issues to environmental regulations and public employeebenefits.

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State integrity news for Delaware, from the Wilmington News-Journal:

A package of bills that would reform Delaware's campaign finance and lobbying laws advanced Wednesday in the House and Senate. Two pieces of legislation designed to reveal more information about the groups behind campaign advertisements were approved by the House Administration Committee, and the Senate passed a bill to connect lobbyists to the pieces of legislation they talk about with government officials.

All three bills are endorsed by Gov. Jack Markell's administration and sponsored by Democratic leaders in the General Assembly.

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State integrity news for Delaware, from the Wilmington News Journal:

It is widely recognized that elections are special when it comes to transparency – and that no one has a right to spend substantial sums to influence electoral outcomes in the dark. Voters are entitled to follow the money and – if they choose – base their decisions at the ballot box on what that money means to them.

I might not care that “The Delaware Gardeners Association PAC” is funded entirely by out-of-state real estate development companies; you might.

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Delaware is the latest state to take action on improving its Corruption Risk Report Card grade. With a C- overall grade, Delaware ranked 22nd out of 50 states in the State Integrity Investigation. The overall score was hurt badly by the lack of effective laws and practices governing lobbying activity: Delaware's 43 percent 'F' grade on the lobbying disclosure category was fourth-worst in the nation.

On Wednesday, state legislators introduced a bill to strengthen state laws on lobbyist reporting, according to State Integrity Investigation partner station WHYY.


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