Oklahoma leads pack in campaign reporting

Oklahoma is among 15 states to receive an ‘A' grade in a 50-state analysis of disclosure requirements for political action committees, nonprofits and outside spending groups.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: May 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm •  Published: May 18, 2013

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Oklahoma leads pack in campaign reporting, according to study

Oklahoma received the highest grade possible in a recent analysis of disclosure requirements for political action committees, nonprofits and outside spending groups.

The state was one of 15 to receive an A grade, meaning its laws were at least as robust as federal spending requirements, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which produced the report along with The Center for Public Integrity.

The institute's rankings focused on campaign spending and not on donations to the groups that are doing the spending.

Points were awarded or withheld based on the level of disclosure and whether disclosure forms differentiate between independent spending and other types of campaign expenditures.

In most states, disclosure laws are less stringent than federal laws, “meaning shadowy nonprofit groups and big-spending super PACs are able to do business virtually undetected,” according to the report.

Oklahoma law requires all candidates and political action committees to file quarterly contribution and expenditure reports with the state Ethics Commission or face as much as $1,000 in penalties.

These reports are then accessible to the public via the commission's website.

ZEKE CAMPFIELD, Staff Writer