Friday, July 19, 2013

Worst Governors In America: Daugaard Doesn't Make The List: Rounds Did

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released its list of the 18 worst governors in the United States. The group used eightncriteria including corruption, cronyism, self-enrichment, and transparency. The group uses public records to compile its reports:
To create this report, CREW initially conducted research into all sitting state governors. CREW’s researchers searched the Internet and the Nexis database for any credible allegations of misconduct against each governor. Researchers reviewed a wide variety of sources including news reports, personal financial disclosures, lobbying records, campaign finance reports, records maintained by state ethics bodies, state government websites, and state-based government watchdog groups. CREW consulted information compiled by the Center for Public Integrity, among other sources, for information about state ethics and transparency laws in each state. CREW also relied on campaign finance data compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics at
This year's 18 member list is includes Rick Perry (R-TX), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Rick Snyder (R-MI). It also includes some usual suspects: Jan Brewer (R-AZ) and Scott Walker (R-WI). Democrats Andrew Cuomo (NY) and Steven Beshear (KY) are also on the list.

South Dakota's Dennis Daugaard doesn't appear in the report. The only regional governor to make the ignominious cut is Iowa's Terry Branstad (R).

In 2010, Mike Rounds did make CREW's list of worst governors. CREW faulted Rounds for lack of transparancy, neopotism, and frequent flying:
  • Resisted efforts to promote government transparency and frustrated public access to information
  • Used his office for personal benefit
  • Abused state authority for the benefit of friends and family
  • Used a state plane to travel to his son's basketball games
The group's full report along with their documentation can be found here.

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