North Carolina ranks in middle when it comes to corruption safeguards

Posted by Rob Christensen on October 30, 2013 

A new national survey finds that North Carolina ranks about in the middle when it comes to risk of corruption.

The State Integrity Investigation, a national project, looked at 330 different measures to evaluate each state government's practices that are in place to ensure public accountability and openness. The investigation ranked every state from one to 50. Each state received a report card with a letter grade in 14 categories, including campaign finance, ethics laws, lobbying regulations, and management of state pension funds.

Overall, North Carolina received a C-minus grade, which meant that North Carolina ranked 21st in the country or in the top half.

It was given an "F'' in public access to information, a "C-plus" for executive accountability, a "D-plus'' for judicial accountability, a "C-minus'' for state civil service management, a "B'' for internal auditing, a "B minus'' for state pension fund management, a "C-plus" for state insurance commissions, a "C-minus'' for political financing, a "D'' for legislative accountability, an "F" for state budget processes, a "C-minus" for procurement, an "A'' for lobbying disclosure, a "C" for ethics enforcement agencies, and an "F'' for redistricting.

No state received an accumulated grade of A and only five states received a B grade: New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, California and Nebraska.

F grades went to Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia.

The project was a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International.

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