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W y o m i n g

Grade
Rank
F
50

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Subcategories
Grade
Rank
Campaign Disclosure Law
F
48
Electronic Filing Program
F
39
Disclosure Content Accessibility
F
49
Online Contextual & Technical Usability
F
45

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The State of Disclosure in Wyoming

Wyoming again ranked 50th overall and continues to have the weakest campaign disclosure program in the country, with particularly low ranks in the areas of Campaign Disclosure Law and Disclosure Content Accessibility.

Wyoming law requires candidates to file once in non-election years and once prior to each election.  Candidates must report detailed information about contributors giving more than $25, not including occupation and employer.  Last-minute contributions are not disclosed until after the election.  While expenditure details have to be reported, candidates do not disclose that information until after the election, and subvendor information is not reported.  Wyoming does not require the disclosure of independent expenditures.  There has been some movement toward the establishment of an electronic filing program for state candidates, but a lack of funding has stalled these plans.

The Secretary of State’s web site is one of three state-level disclosure web sites in the country that contains no campaign finance data at all.  Access to campaign finance reports in Wyoming requires either visiting the Secretary of State in person to view filings, or requesting paper copies from that office.  The size of the state means that driving to Cheyenne is not going to be an option for many people, and they will instead need to ask for copies to be mailed at a cost of $.15 per page.  Adding even summary campaign finance information to its disclosure web site would improve Wyoming’s grade and, more importantly, would at least give the state’s citizens access to the total amounts raised and spent by each candidate.

Wyoming received an extremely low score in the usability testing, because there are no campaign finance records available on the Internet, and that score contributed to its low rank and grade in the Online Contextual and Technical Usability category.  The Secretary of State does provide some information about Wyoming’s disclosure requirements and campaign finance restrictions online, which can be found on the agency’s web site in the “Wyoming Campaign Guide.”

Disclosure Agency: Secretary of State
Disclosure Web Site:
http://soswy.state.wy.us

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This page was first published on October 25, 2004
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