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National Study Gives Maine Failing Grade in Government Transparency
03/19/2012   Reported By: Tom Porter

A national study released today finds Maine to be more at risk of corruption than most other states. The State Integrity Investigation was carried out by three nonpartisan journalism and reporting groups to assess government accountability and transparency across the 50 states. Maine was awarded an "F," and placed 46th in the nation. Tom Porter spoke to two Maine journalists who carried out the research for Maine.

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Naomi Schalit and John Christie are with the Maine Center for Public Interesting Reporting. The non-profit investigative news-gathering group has spent the last six months gathering and analyzing data. They looked at 330 so-called "corruption indicators" across 14 government categories.

Maine's scorecard is not impressive: The Pine Tree state scored an F in nine of the 14 categories, including public access to information, legislative and executive accountability, and ethics enforcement.

Christie says that while Maine has an ethics commission, it does not oversee the state's executive branch, meaning there's no oversight of many high level officials, including the governor.

Not a single state received an A from the probe, done by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity.

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