Minnesota gets a C grade for lobbying disclosure

Minnesota’s lobbying disclosure laws have earned a middle-of-the pack grade of “C” from a national, nonprofit government watchdog group.

The Sunlight Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., released an update today of its state lobbying disclosure report card. The group evaluates the disclosure of lobbyist activity and compensation, expenditure transparency, expenditure reporting thresholds and document accessibility for each state.

California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin received As, while Florida, Nevada and West Virigina received Fs, according to a news release.

Minnesota got its best scores for lobbyist expenditure transparency and document accessibility. Its worst scores were for expenditure reporting thresholds and lobbyist compensation.

The foundation noted that its investigation “was a review of legislative requirements for and practical implementation of lobbyist disclosure, not an assessment of the quality of the data's openness.”

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