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The State of Disclosure in Mississippi

Mississippi's overall rank and grade show that its campaign finance disclosure program has significant room for improvement, especially in Electronic Filing and Disclosure Content Accessibility.

Mississippi has an average campaign finance disclosure law. Candidates must file one statement in non-election years and four statements before an election. Candidates must disclose information about contributors, including occupations and employers, for those who give more than $200. Last-minute contributions are required to be reported prior to an election. Information about expenditures over $200 must be reported, but subvendor information is not required to be disclosed. Independent expenditures must be disclosed, but last-minute independent expenditures are not required to be reported before an election. Mississippi does not have an electronic filing system for statewide or legislative candidates.

The state has significant room for improvement in making campaign finance disclosure records available to the public. Mississippi's lack of even voluntary electronic filing contributes to its poor performance in this category. While there are scanned campaign finance reports on its web site, the absence of a database means that campaign finance information may only be accessed in limited ways.

Mississippi performed better in web site usability. There is fairly good contextual information on its web site, including thorough explanations of the state's campaign finance laws. The terminology on the site is very clear and there is good information about which campaign finance reports are posted online and which candidates are running for office. The site could be improved with lists of the total amounts raised and spent by state candidates and by retaining original campaign finance reports online even after amendments have been posted. Mississippi did well in the usability testing.


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