Sunlight Foundation Grades States on Lobbying Disclosure - State and Federal Communications

August 14, 2015  •  

Sunlight Foundation Grades States on Lobbying Disclosure

grade cardThe Sunlight Foundation has released a report card on lobbying disclosure in the states.

States’ grades were based on five criteria:

  • If lobbyists have to report the legislation and actions they are lobbying;
  • If lobbying-related expenditures are itemized;
  • If all expenditures are reported or only those above a threshold limit;
  • If the lobbying reports are easily accessible to the public; and
  • If lobbyists have to report their compensation.

The majority of states received either B’s or C’s. Seven states, including Massachusetts, California, and New York, received the grade of A. Four states, including Florida, Oregon, and West Virginia, received a failing grade.

The full report can be viewed here.

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