The State Financial Disclosure Project by Irene de la Torre-Arenas, Northeastern University
While national debate in the United States continues over financial disclosure practices for federal officials, personal financial disclosure for state and local officials remains an under-studied area also in need of more sunlight and scrutiny.
This research project scores each U.S. state based on relevant disclosure policies and practices. This score is also integrated with other related measures to assess overall transparency around potential conflicts of interest by public officials. We also compute levels of corruption in each state to situate the transparency data in meaningful context, providing a unique, data-driven perspective on the current ethical climate in each state.
The research was made possible by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
CreditsIrene de la Torre-Arenas: data visualization designer Pedro Cruz: data visualization designer Mike Beaudet: research analysis leader John Wihbey: research analysis leader Matt Tota: research assistants Aneri Pattani: research assistants Sophia Fox-Sowell: research assistants Emily Hopkins: research assistants Emily Turner: research assistants Gail Waterhouse: research assistants