With Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich in the news concerning corruption charges, what states are the worst states for political corruption? There are some pretty good candidates. Is it Illinois, Louisiana, California, New York, Florida or Ohio?
According to the Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section (www.usdoj.gov/criminal/pin/docs/arpt-2006.pdf ) the Best and Worst States for Corruption convictions during the 10 year period of 1997-2006 were:
The Most Political Convictions:
1. Florida 809
2. New York 762
3. California 753
4. Pennsylvania 566
5. Ohio 538
6. Illinois 524
The Least Political Convictions:
1. Vermont 12
2. Nebraska 13
3. New Hampshire 14
4. Wyoming 16
5. Maine 25
Some high profile scandals and corruptions have to put New York, New Jersey and Connecticut up for consideration with each having a Governor step down in disgrace.
Louisiana has the highest per capita political corruption rate with 7.67 convictions per 100,000 of population. Yet it would be hard not to still consider Illinois as the Worst State for Political Corruption with its history of scandal.
Northern New England appears to be a good place for integrity in the politics.