In 2012 The Center for Public Integrity touted Georgia as the “Worst Score in the Country” at number 50.  Now it is ranked at number 24. What gives?

Rick Thompson, a former director of the State Ethics Commission, says that in light of the dysfunction involving the commission between 2012 and 2015 “it is commendable that any movement occurred.”

However, critics of the Center say that the methodology for ranking states like Georgia has changed, which skews the findings. Consultants are paid to research results from media reports, for example. And much of the rankings don’t have anything to do with ethics and more to do with campaign finance. 

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