The 5 States With The Most Political Corruption
There are some states in the U.S. that have a long history of political corruption. Shady politics have been a way of life for decades in some states. Everyone seems to think that their local politicians are crooked, but two states are far and away the leaders in this field. Louisiana and Illinois leads the pack and it looks like from recent events that they will continue to do so.
Louisiana has had a long and colorful political history and much of it has been tarnished with corruption. Many high ranking officials have been convicted including former Governor Earl Long. His escapades were so outrageous that they made a movie out of it in 1989 called “Starr”. Louisiana leads the nation with 2 convictions per 10,000 people during the period from 1976-2010. The recent charges against former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin with 21 counts of corruption including kickbacks, seems to indicate that the troubles in Louisiana have not gone away.
When we think our Chicago politics we think of gangsters and old time corruption. The political corruption is also alive and thriving in present day Illinois. Amazingly, 4 of the last 7 Illinois governors have been convicted of felony charges. Rod Blagojevich is the latest governor to go down. He is currently serving 14 years in a federal prison for wire fraud, bribery, and trying to sell a vacant senate seat. Illinois has 1.4 convictions per 10,000 people. Only California and New York have more total convictions in the last 25 years
3. New York
The state of New York led the nation from 1976-2010 with 2,522 convictions. New York has a long history of bribery and misappropriation of funds. Political insiders like to call it consulting fees, but most authorities view it as bribery.
Pennsylvania has a long history of state corruption and comes in at #4 on the list with 1.2 convictions per 10,000 people. The state recently had to deal with a scandal that involved high ranking officials in both parties. It seems that they were using taxpayer money bestow perks on political aides and others.
Ohio rounds out the top 5 and has done its share of shady politics. The state Worker’s Compensation Bureau lost over $200 million in risky investments in 2005. Ohio recently received a “D” on an independent audit of states efforts to prevent corruption. This audit came out in 2012 and criticized Ohio on their efforts to make political donors list transparent. Ohio has a long history of bribery and political payoffs and this audit seems to indicate that some things seem to never change.