According to a study released by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity the State Integrity Investigation project, North Carolina gets a C- on its corruption risk report card. The Tar Heel state earned three F’s in public access to information, state budget processes and redistricting. The project examined 330 Corruption Risk Indicators and were organized into 14 main categories and 61 subcategories. According to the project’s website:
To identify the project’s Corruption Risk Indicators, staff from Global Integrity and the Center for Public Integrity contacted nearly 100 state-level organizations working in the areas of good government and public sector reform around the country. We asked them a simple question: what issue areas mattered most in their state when it came to the risk of significant corruption occurring in the public sector? The outcome was a list of questions, rooted in the reality of state government in the US, that these stakeholders identified as mattering most when it came to assessing the core risks of corruption in their states. In addition, Global Integrity and the Center for Public Integrity then included additional indicators that the two organizations had previously fielded in similar projects and hypothesized were relevant to this project’s aims. (Specifically, these indicators were drawn from the Center’s States of Disclosure project and Global Integrity’s Global Integrity Report and Local Integrity Initiative efforts.)
The report card for North Carolina can be viewed here. The page features articles from various N.C. news organizations about corruption in the state along with the ability for readers to email the report card to state officials.