The Most Corrupt States
Lots of news outlets take up FBI Agent Robert Grant's implicit challenge to figure out whether Illinois is the nation's most corrupt state. ...
Lots of news outlets take up FBI Agent Robert Grant's implicit challenge to figure out whether Illinois is the nation's most corrupt state. Here's a graphic from Politico:
The publication Corporate Crime Reporter crunched Department of Justice statistics in 2007 to rank the 35 most populous states of the nation by corruption. The publication calculated a corruption rate, which it defined as the total number of public corruption convictions from 1997 to 2006 per 100,000 residents.
These are the results:
2. Mississippi (6.66)
3. Kentucky (5.18)
4. Alabama (4.76)
6. Illinois (4.68)
7. Pennsylvania (4.55)
8. Florida (4.47)
9. New Jersey (4.32)
10. New York (3.95)
11. Tennessee (3.68)
12. Virginia (3.64)
13. Oklahoma (2.96)
14. Connecticut (2.80)
This info comes at the end of a long and fairly political-sciency piece on state corruption that includes a shout-out to the late Daniel Elazar (a prominent influence on Governing's own textbook on state and local governments).
Limiting yourself to the top 35 in population rules out, say, Alaska. And should the conviction of a governor count for no more than nailing a city council member or state legislator?
We invite you to discuss and comment on this article using social media.
A New Strategy for Collecting Child Support: Debt Forgiveness10 hours ago
CBO: Senate Bill Would Nearly Double the Uninsured Compared to Obamacare13 hours ago
U.S. Supreme Court Weakens Wall Between Church and State14 hours ago
States Must List Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates, Rules Supreme Court14 hours ago
Mayors Lobby Against Congressional Gun Bills14 hours ago
Gun Advocates Lose U.S. Supreme Court Case14 hours ago