Corruption Risk Report Card
Rank among 50 states: 19th

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The story behind the score

A vote-selling scandal in the 1990’s led to major reforms, but campaign finance, lobbying, and conflict of interest laws still have significant holes.  Read more from SII State Reporter Jacalyn Carfagno.

Latest state news for Kentucky

State integrity news for Kentucky, from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Business interests and advocacy groups spent $8.8 million lobbying the Kentucky legislature in 2012, a new record. The money spent by lobbyists and their employers to influence legislation during the 2012 General Assembly, which ended in April, surpassed the previous record of $8.4 million during the 2010 legislative session, according to information released Thursday by the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.

The totals reflect spending for the first four months of 2012.

Read the rest of the story at the Lexington Herald-Leader.


State integrity news for Kentucky, from the Louisville Courier-Journal:

A long-awaited state report by Auditor Adam Edelen found “a toxic culture of entitlement and self-dealing at Kentucky taxpayers’ expense” within the Department of Agriculture under Farmer, a former basketball standout at Clay County High School and the University of Kentucky.

“The law makes no distinction between icons and the rest of us, and neither do I,” Edelen said at a news conference where the audit was released. “The report paints a clear picture of an administration that had no qualms about treating taxpayer resources as its own.”

Read the rest of the story at the Louisville Courier-Journal.


State Integrity news for Ohio and Kentucky from SII partner WVXU:

When it comes to transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms in state government, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are getting weak grades on a report card being released today.

The State Integrity Investigation is a data-driven assessment that looks at 330 different corruption risk indicators across 14 categories of government-- from access to information to redistricting. Ohio's overall score was 66, good for a solid D. Kentucky scored 71 and Indiana 70, both getting a C minus.

Hear more from WVXU - Cincinnati.


State Integrity news for Kentucky from WEKU:

This state of 4.4 million residents earned a grade of C− and a numerical rating of 71 for how well it ensures accountability in government, according to the State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. Those scores rank Kentucky 19th among the 50 states.

Hear WEKU's Charles Compton talk with SII Kentucky reporter Jacalyn Carfagno.


Corruption news for Kentucky, from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

A House panel on Thursday voted to change the Kentucky Open Records Act to make private the records of some organizations doing business with government.Presently, any organization that gets at least 25 percent of its revenue from local or state government must share some records under the act, which is meant to bring transparency to public spending.

But House Bill 496, which proceeds to the full House, would exempt from the 25 percent requirement any money awarded to organizations through a competitive and public procurement process.

Read the rest of the story at the Lexington Herald-Leader.


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