AFRICANGLOBE – Do you live in a corrupt state on don’t realize it?
A new study claims to have determined the most unscrupulous states in the USA, based on research of more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008.
A joint venture between the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University, the study also looked at patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index, in order to estimate the most and least corrupt states in the union.
Which states are more used to corruption? Well, depending on how you define corruption.
Here’s how each of the above won its dubious distinction:
Georgia: In March 2012, the Center for Public Integrity released a report tracking 330 separate ethics, transparency and accountability metrics in each state. The results showed Georgia had some of the laxest ethics rules in the country and lacked a strong ethics enforcement agency to enforce the laws on the books. More than 650 government employees accepted gifts from vendors doing business with the state between 2007 and 2008, the report showed.
Other big losers in the Center for Public Integrity study included South Carolina, Maine, Michigan, South Dakota, Wyoming — and, yes, Virginia. All seven states earned F grades.
Source: Center for Public Integrity