The National Institute on Money in State Politics has released a report giving Indiana a failing grade for disclosure of money spent by outside groups for political advertisements.
The report looked at the disclosure requirements of states for super PACs and other outside spending groups including requiring those organizations to report how much they are spending and what they are spending their money on.
John Dunbar is the managing editor for politics with the Center for Public Integrity.
He says these requirements are for state and local elections. The federal government has already set disclosure requirements for federal elections.
Dunbar says the rules vary widely. He compares Indiana’s failing system to neighboring Illinois which received an A grade because its requirement match those of the federal government.
“If for example, you were running for governor [in Illinois] and I was an outside organization and I decided I wanted to trash you and I paid for a commercial and I ran the commercial, then I would have to fill out paperwork and send it to the state and say this is me, this is where my address is, and this is how much I spent,” Dunbar says. “Now if you were in Indiana, you wouldn’t have to do any of that.”
Indiana was one of 26 states that received a failing grade. Each state was graded on a 100 point scale and Indiana was just one of six states that did not receive a single point.