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RANKED: The Most Corrupt States

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This weekend, the New York Times' Nick Madigan called Florida a "hothouse of corruption," reporting the Sunshine State saw the greatest number of people convicted of public corruption between 2000 and 2010.

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Peggy A (0)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 2:33 pm
Interesting thank you for sharing.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 6:53 pm
Louisiana, Huey Long's old stompin' ground,what a surprise!
And then the Dakotas, wouldn't you think that all that religion would have prevented that?! Bullshit artists!

Jason S (50)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:41 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:54 pm
Anybody notice a corrolation between highest on the chart and the push for drilling, fracking, mining...?

Mary T (358)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 9:23 pm
Happy to live in California - thanks Carrie

Joanne D (38)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 9:43 pm
While I do understand why the author chooses to use convictions per 100K people, isn't that flawed too? In a truly corrupt state everyone is corrupt and no one is convicted of it.

Lona G (79)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 4:45 am
You hit the nail right on the head, Joanne. In states where the most corrupted and corruptible rule, the corrupted on the side of the ruling elite will not be convicted, the givers and takers on the other side, will end up in jail, of course.
Besides, the number of convicted of public corruption doesn't give you the whole story either. It doesn't tell you if the people were giving the money in exchange for a service or the ones taking it and providing the service.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 4:58 am
I am shocked to see Illinois so middle of the road.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:08 am

. (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:49 am
Very interesting, Carrie. Thanks for sharing.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:10 am
I would have thought Wall Street in New York City and the politicians in Washington, D.C. would have helped make the State of New York, Virginia and Maryland a bit higher on the list than they are ranked. They are, per list, ranked in the upper
half on the list.

Ty, Carrie.

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:47 am
Interesting to read. Thanks Carrie.

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:14 pm
noted & read ... interesting

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:31 pm
Thank you.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:37 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:36 pm
Louisiana comes as no surprise to me.

Terre P (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:05 pm
Just because a state has fewer convicted corrupt people does not mean they have fewer corrupt people. As others have said, really corrupt places don't arrest and prosecute their own corrupt people. In fact, perhaps the higher rates of conviction actually mean that the state is less corrupt overall. Just think about it.

Ann B (60)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 4:16 pm
noted - thanks

Melania P (122)
Monday September 9, 2013, 1:28 pm
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