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The State of Disclosure in Missouri

Although it received a passing grade, Missouri's campaign finance disclosure program has significant room for improvement. While it has one of the strongest campaign finance disclosure laws in the country, Missouri's poor performance in Disclosure Content Accessibility and web site usability brings down its overall grade.

Missouri law requires candidates to file quarterly reports in non-election years and one report before each election. Contributor information, including occupation and employer, must be disclosed for all contributions greater than $100. Last-minute contributions greater than $250, received within the last twelve days prior to an election, must be reported within 48 hours of being received. Details about expenditures greater than $100 must also be disclosed, but subvendor information is not required to be reported. Electronic filing is mandatory for statewide candidates and voluntary for legislative candidates.

Missouri does not make campaign finance data very accessible to the public. Although Missouri has electronic filing, it does not have databases of contributions or expenditures online and there is no sorting or downloading of data available. There are scanned reports available, but they can be difficult to view because the site requires the use of proprietary software, called Acorde, which does not work on some computers.

Missouri could also improve the usability of its web site. There is some good contextual information on the site, including some historical campaign finance trend information and an explanation of the campaign finance laws in the state. Unfortunately, the campaign finance overview information is not available for elections that were held after 1999. It is also difficult to determine which campaign finance records can be found on the site. The technical usability of the site has some weaknesses, including a lack of instructions about how to use it and poor searching and navigating functions on the main state web site that make it hard to find the disclosure agency's site. Missouri's campaign disclosure site failed the usability test. Some usability testers were able to locate the Missouri Ethics web site, but could not find or access any data on contributions.


Disclosure Agency: Missouri Ethics Commission
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