The Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press analyzed financial disclosure reports from 6,933 state legislators nationwide and unearthed numerous examples of lawmakers who have introduced and supported legislation that directly or indirectly helps their own businesses, their employers or even their own personal finances.
The project also includes a unique resource for the public by putting all those disclosure reports online in a searchable library so anyone can learn more about their legislators’ personal financial interests.
The project has the potential to lead to far more stories. Listed below is the latest collection of state-specific stories by the AP and other news outlets that have localized the findings of the project for their readers:
Report: Lax rules in U.S., Georgia lead to legislator conflicts (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Idaho lawmakers kill bill requiring personal financial disclosures (The Center for Public Integrity)
Study: Illinois, like most states, has few protections against legislative conflicts of interest (Illinois News Network)
An easier, stealthier way to search for conflicts of interest among Md. legislators (The Washington Post)
Michigan lawmakers voted on bills even after admitting conflicts of interest (The Center for Public Integrity)
Michigan lawmakers go public with their finances in effort to boost state integrity (The Center for Public Integrity)
Find lawmaker ethics filings for Ohio and other states (database) (The Plain Dealer)
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