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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

The Campaign Disclosure Project out in California has released it's first Grading State Disclosure, which ranks the 50 States on how transparent their political contribution processes are by virtue of their campaign finance laws.

Interesting stuff. I'm glad to see Florida made the top ten, despite a middling C average. The technology angle sunk the Sunshine State, as apparently the Web resources and electronic filing mechanism was found lacking.

I'd like to see how this ranking system develops. Right now, it seems to need more substance. I'm not sure that subpar website navigation should be weighted enough to drop a State's ranking. Some more ranking criteria would probably help too; limiting the examination to just four items really doesn't give much room for variance.