Alabama has received another failing grade in an annual study of states’ campaign finance disclosure laws. The new Grading State Disclosure report says Alabama’s grade of “F” has been unchanged since the annual reports began in 2003. Alabama ranks 49th among the states. The report notes that the Secretary of State’s office has made improvements in the state Web site that shows candidates’ campaign finance reports, but there is still no searchable online database of contributions. The annual report is prepared by the Campaign Disclosure Project, which is a collaboration of the California Voter Foundation, the Center for Governmental Studies and the UCLA School of Law. We have a long way to go in Alabama when it comes to upgrading our campaign financing and election laws generally. Doing so should be a top priority for the 2009 session of the Alabama Legislature.
Source: Associated Press
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