Party Lines

Published — September 26, 2002 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Disclosure ranking

Nationwide numbers

Introduction

The Center for Public Integrity conducted a nationwide survey of state agencies that collect and monitor campaign finance reports. The survey focused on the reporting, filing, public access and enforcement of campaign finance reports filed by state-wide political party committees. Each of the 23 questions used in the survey had multiple-choice answers with numerical values. Answers that promote openness, accountability and public access were assigned higher values. The resulting total score for each state is listed below, including their ranking compared to other states.

Scores of 80 and higher are considered satisfactory to excellent. Scores of 60 to 79 are considered barely passing. Scores below 60 are considered failing.

Clicking on any state name will show how that state answered each question.

State Score Rank
Oregon 91 1
California 90 3
Washington 90 3
North Carolina 89 4
Wisconsin 86 5
New York 84 6
Florida 81 8
Rhode Island 81 8
Illinois 80 10
Maryland 80 10
Colorado 79 11
New Jersey 76 13
Pennsylvania 76 13
Idaho 75 14
Connecticut 74 15
Louisiana 73 16
Minnesota 72 17
Arizona 70 19
New Hampshire 70 19
Georgia 67 21
Texas 67 21
Hawaii 66 22
Montana 63 23
Alaska 61 25
Kentucky 61 25
Michigan 60 26
Massachusetts 58 27
Missouri 57 30
Ohio 57 30
South Dakota 57 30
Indiana 56 32
Kansas 56 32
Alabama 54 35
Oklahoma 54 35
Tennessee 54 35
Delaware 53 37
Virginia 53 37
Maine 50 38
Iowa 49 39
Mississippi 48 42
Nebraska 48 42
New Mexico 48 42
Utah 47 43
Arkansas 44 44
West Virginia 40 45
Wyoming 37 46
South Carolina 31 47
North Dakota 29 48
Vermont 26 49
Nevada 24 50

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