The National Institute on Money In State Politics graded each state by the strength of its independent spending disclosure laws through April 2013. It looked at:
- Does the state require reporting of independent expenditures, political spending that urges voters to support or oppose a candidate but is not coordinated with the campaign?
- Does the state require reporting of the target, the identity of the candidate who is the subject of the independent spending?
- Does the state require reporting of position, whether the spending supports or opposes the target
- How does the state monitor "electioneering communications" -- advertising that airs close to an election that names a candidate but does not urge viewers to vote for or against the candidate?
SCALE: A=100-90 B=89-80 C=79-70 D=69-60 F=59 or less.