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The State of Disclosure in Delaware

With low scores in almost every category, Delaware has significant room to improve its campaign finance disclosure program. The state received passing grades only for its law and Disclosure Content Accessibility.

Delaware law requires candidates to file campaign finance reports annually in non-election years and two times before an election. Candidates must report detailed information about contributors who give $100 or more, but are not required to list a contributor's occupation or employer. Last-minute contributions do not have to be reported before an election. Details about expenditures of $100 or more must be reported, but subvendor information is not required. Independent expenditures must be reported, but last-minute independent expenditures are not disclosed until after the election. Electronic filing is voluntary for both statewide and legislative candidates.

Delaware does an average job of making campaign finance data accessible to the public. A combination of electronically filed and scanned-in paper campaign finance records are made available on the state disclosure agency's web site as soon as they are filed. Searchable databases of contributions and expenditures are featured on the site, but they only contain information from electronically filed records. The state does not offer campaign finance records to the public in any digital format other than the Internet and it is not possible to download data for analyzing offline.

The state's disclosure web site did well in the usability testing, but poor contextual information brought down Delaware's overall usability score. There is no information about the state's disclosure law and requirements online, and there are no lists of the total amounts raised and spent by state candidates. The site does include a complete list of candidates, but is lacking other information to help the public determine whose campaign finance reports are available on the Internet, such as a general explanation of the contents of the campaign finance database.


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