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(Sept. 26, 2012) 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 political party committees.

Below find a listing of the answers in each state for each question. Click here for the Natiowide Numbers ranking. Click here to read more about the methodology.

Question:
Answer States that answered this way
1. Are all contributions to a party committee required to be reported to the state agency?
- Not all contributions are reported Alaska
Iowa
Indiana
Michigan
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Mexico
Nevada
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
- All contributions are reported Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming
2. What contributions must be itemized?
- Contribution itemization threshold: Aggregate $400 and above New Jersey
- Contribution itemization threshold: Aggregate $100 and above Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
California
Delaware
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Maine
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
North Carolina
North Dakota
Nebraska
Nevada
New York
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Virginia
Vermont
- Contribution itemization threshold: Aggregate $50 and above Idaho
Kansas
Massachusetts
Maryland
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
Washington
- Itemization required for contributions $49.99 and below Arizona
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Louisiana
Michigan
Montana
New Hampshire
New Mexico
Ohio
Wisconsin
West Virginia
Wyoming
3. Are donors required to report their occupation?
- No itemized contributions are required to include occupation/employer Alabama
Colorado
Delaware
Iowa
Idaho
Louisiana
Maryland
North Dakota
Nebraska
Nevada
New York
Ohio
South Carolina
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Wyoming
- Occupation/Employer required for aggregate contributions of $400 and above Illinois
Indiana
New Jersey
- Occupation/Employer required for aggregate contributions of $100 and above Alaska
Arkansas
California
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Kansas
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
North Carolina
New Hampshire
New Mexico
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
- Occupation/Employer required for aggregate contributions of $50 and above Oklahoma
Oregon
Texas
- Occupation/Employer required for contributions $49.99 and below Arizona
Montana
4. Does the form provide standardized categories for identifying contributor?
- No standardized categories provided for identifying contributor Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
Delaware
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Nevada
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
- Standardized categories are provided for identifying contributor Alabama
Arizona
California
Connecticut
Florida
Indiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
New York
Oklahoma
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Texas
Wyoming
5. Does the form include space to report a year-to-date aggregate for each contributor?
- Year-to-date aggregate contributions not reported Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Kansas
Massachusetts
Maine
North Dakota
New Mexico
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Year-to-date aggregate contirbutions are reported Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Oklahoma
Oregon
South Carolina
South Dakota
Virginia
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
6. Are all expenditures made by a party committee required to be reported to the state agency?
- Not all expenditures are reported Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Iowa
Indiana
Maine
Michigan
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Mexico
Nevada
Ohio
South Carolina
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
- All expenditures are reported Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming
7. What expenditures must be itemized?
- No expenditures are required to be itemized Arkansas
North Dakota
- Candidate-related expenses only are itemized South Carolina
South Dakota
- Expenditure itemization threshold: Aggregate of $200 and above Indiana
Mississippi
- Expenditure itemization threshold: Aggregate $50 and above Alabama
California
Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Kansas
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
New York
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Texas
Washington
- Itemization required for expenditures $49.99 and below Alaska
Arizona
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Montana
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Wisconsin
West Virginia
Wyoming
8. Is the purpose of each itemized expenditure required to be reported?
- Not required to report purpose of each itemized expenditure Arkansas
Mississippi
North Dakota
South Dakota
West Virginia
- Required to report purpose of each itemized expenditure Alaska
Alabama
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming
9. Does the form provide standardized categories for identifying the purpose of the expenditure?
- Standardized expenditure purpose categories are not provided Alaska
Arkansas
Arizona
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maine
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Wisconsin
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Standardized expenditure purpose categories are provided Alabama
California
Connecticut
Indiana
Maryland
Michigan
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Oregon
Rhode Island
Washington
10. Are committees required to list the name of a candidate they made an expenditure on behalf of?
- Not required to list candidate for in-kind expenditures Arkansas
Arizona
Colorado
Hawaii
Iowa
Indiana
Kansas
Maryland
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Required to list candidate for in-kind expenditures Alaska
Alabama
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Oregon
South Dakota
Washington
Wisconsin
11. ELECTION YEAR: Frequency of filing campaign finance reports:
- Election Year Filing: 0 to 1 reports per year Arkansas
Wyoming
- Election Year Filing: 2 to 4 reports per year Alaska
Iowa
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
North Dakota
New Jersey
New Mexico
Nevada
Ohio
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Wisconsin
- Election Year Filing: 5 to 9 reports per year Alabama
Arizona
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Louisiana
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New York
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
- Election Year Filing: 10 or more reports per year Colorado
Oregon
Washington
12. NON-ELECTION YEAR: Frequency of filing campaign finance reports:
- Non-Election Year Filing: 0 to 1 reports per year Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
Delaware
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Mexico
Nevada
Ohio
Oregon
South Dakota
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Non-Election Year Filing: 2 to 4 reports per year California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Illinois
Maine
Missouri
North Carolina
New Jersey
New York
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Wisconsin
- Non-Election Year Filing: 5 to 9 reports per year Connecticut
Pennsylvania
Virginia
- Non-Election Year Filing: 10 or more reports per year Washington
13. Is electronic filing required for party committees?
- Electronic filing not available Alaska
Arkansas
Connecticut
Hawaii
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Nevada
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Electronic filing is voluntary Alabama
Colorado
Delaware
Georgia
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Utah
Virginia
- Electronic filing required for only those receiving/spending above a given threshold California
Illinois
Massachusetts
North Carolina
New York
Ohio
Oregon
Rhode Island
Texas
Washington
Wisconsin
- Electronic filing required for all parties Arizona
Florida
Maryland
14. Are late (or last-minute) contribution reports required to be filed?
- Late (or last-minute) contribution reports not required Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Iowa
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Maryland
Missouri
Mississippi
Nevada
Ohio
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Late (or last-minute) contribution reports are required Alaska
California
Colorado
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Tennessee
Washington
Wisconsin
15. Are late (or last-minute) expenditure reports required to be filed?
- Late (or last-minute) expenditure reports not required Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Maryland
Michigan
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Wisconsin
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Late (or last-minute) expenditure reports are required California
Hawaii
Louisiana
Maine
Minnesota
North Carolina
New Mexico
Oregon
Texas
Vermont
Washington
16. Location/format of reports:
- Photocopies from office only Delaware
Hawaii
Kansas
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Maine
Montana
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Wyoming
- PDF or image files on the web Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Georgia
Louisiana
Missouri
Mississippi
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Mexico
Nevada
South Dakota
Texas
Vermont
West Virginia
- Searchable database on the web Minnesota
- Downloadable files/database Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Maryland
Michigan
North Carolina
New Jersey
New York
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
17. Cost of paper reports:
- Paper report cost: Higher than 25 cents per page Alabama
Colorado
Iowa
Maine
Minnesota
North Dakota
New Jersey
Nevada
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Paper report cost: 25 cents or less per page Alaska
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Michigan
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
18. Are any late (or last-minute) reports made available on the Web prior to the election?
- Late (or last-minute) reports not made public prior to election Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Hawaii
Iowa
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
New Mexico
Nevada
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming
- Late (or last-minute) reports are made public prior to election Alaska
California
Colorado
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Louisiana
Michigan
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
South Dakota
Texas
Washington
Wisconsin
19. Does the state have auditing authority?
- State does not have auditing authority Arizona
Delaware
Idaho
Michigan
Mississippi
Nevada
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Wyoming
- State has auditing authority Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
20. Does the state routinely review filings for accuracy and completeness, either through a formal audit process or an informal review process?
- State does not review or audit filings routinely Arizona
Missouri
Mississippi
Nevada
Vermont
Wyoming
- State reviews or audits filings routinely Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
21. Is there a penalty on the books for missing a filing deadline?
- No penalty on the books for missing filing deadline Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota
Vermont
Wyoming
- Penalty is on the books for missing filing deadline Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
22. Is there a penalty on the books for filing an incomplete report?
- No penalty on the books for filing an incomplete report Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Massachusetts
Maine
Mississippi
Montana
North Dakota
New Hampshire
Nevada
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Vermont
Wyoming
- Penalty is on the books for filing an incomplete report Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
North Carolina
Nebraska
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oregon
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
23. Does the state publish a list of delinquent filers either on the Web or in a printed document?
- State does not publish list of delinquent filers Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Montana
North Dakota
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Nevada
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Utah
Virginia
Vermont
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming
- State publishes list of delinquent filers Alaska
California
Hawaii
Indiana
Missouri
Mississippi
North Carolina
New York
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Wisconsin

 


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