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The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.
Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews

Posted on 07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT by deport

New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union.

When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time.

A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of those states’ average expenditures per year.

  
 1. Mississippi 
2. Louisiana
3. Tennessee
4. Illinois
5. Pennsylvania
6. Alabama
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky
10. Florida

(Excerpt) Read more at fortune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Alabama; US: Alaska; US: Florida; US: Illinois; US: Kentucky; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi; US: Pennsylvania; US: South Dakota; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: alabama; alaska; corruption; florida; illinois; kentucky; louisiana; mississippi; pennsylvania; southdakota; states; tennessee
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1 posted on 07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Yay! Nevada not on the list!

Of course, like in every ranking of the US states, we usually come in right in the middle of the pack no matter what. Good or bad.


2 posted on 07/05/2014 8:02:34 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: deport

More Liberal propaganda.


3 posted on 07/05/2014 8:03:11 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: deport

These are the states who prosecute corrupt persons.....the most corrupt states don’t prosecute


4 posted on 07/05/2014 8:03:53 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (This town needs an enema)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Yay! Nevada not on the list!

your next Gov could be an X con


5 posted on 07/05/2014 8:05:25 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: deport

The list must be completely bogus. It is a statistical impossibility that an accurate list of the 10 most corrupt states wouldn’t include New Jersey.


6 posted on 07/05/2014 8:05:37 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: deport

From the University of Hong Kong?


7 posted on 07/05/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: deport

Sorry, butI think the list is a lot of malarky.


8 posted on 07/05/2014 8:05:52 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: deport
Fortunately, my states not in the above.
9 posted on 07/05/2014 8:07:07 PM PDT by eizverson22
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To: P.O.E.

Pennsylvania (# 5) ping!


10 posted on 07/05/2014 8:07:40 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: deport

After the Magnolia Massacre you know who is number one


11 posted on 07/05/2014 8:08:20 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Remember Mississippi!)
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To: Sybeck1

Yep.... I thought that was unique with what just happened.


12 posted on 07/05/2014 8:10:06 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

1. Mississippi - Got to agree after what we just saw

2. Louisiana - Famous for undead voters, but it should barely make the top 10, let alone #2

3. Tennessee - No. Somewhat, but no.

4. Illinois - Belongs in the top 3. Chicago politics anyone?

5. Pennsylvania - Almost entirely attributable to Philadelphia

6. Alabama - No

7. Alaska - Yes. Double yes. Tripple yes. Palin told us all about the ‘corrupt bastards club’

8. South Dakota - No, for its faults, its not very corrupt.

9. Kentucky - Yes, but at #10.

10. Florida - Replace with California and slide up the list.

I’d have to add Maryland to the list, and New York. Major corruption centers. And WTF Minnesota not on the list.
Actually, forget all that, Minnesota gets #1 SPOT FOR CORRUPTION, Mississippi down to #2.

I’d say

1 - Minnesota
2 - Mississippi
3 - Illinois
4 - New York
5 - Alaska
6 - Maryland
7 - California
8 - Pennsylvania
9 - Louisiana
10- Kentucky


13 posted on 07/05/2014 8:10:54 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: AlexW

Sorry, butI think the list is a lot of malarky.

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It maybe but I”m curious why you think that?


14 posted on 07/05/2014 8:11:05 PM PDT by deport
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To: Viennacon

Special mention: New Joooysey


15 posted on 07/05/2014 8:11:33 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Sooth2222

...or New York


16 posted on 07/05/2014 8:11:36 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: deport

BS!

Alabama is not a corrupt State.

I should know I was born and raised here.


17 posted on 07/05/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: deport
...construction spending, especially on big infrastructure projects, is particularly susceptible to corruption...

Which explains why Ubama is always pushing for more spending on "infrastructure."

The spending occurs, but nothing ever seems to actually get built.

18 posted on 07/05/2014 8:16:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: deport

What the hell does University of Hong Kong have to do with ranking anything in this country? And as far as the University of Indiana...another leftist hell hole.


19 posted on 07/05/2014 8:17:28 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: deport

Who gets to define “corruption?”

Is it corruption if nobody cares that it’s happening?


20 posted on 07/05/2014 8:21:16 PM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: Sooth2222

Exactly. New Jersey has to be first. And the amount of corruption in Hawaii would knock your socks off. The most corrupt states will be the ones most heavily unionized, not a list of cheap shots at the South.


21 posted on 07/05/2014 8:22:19 PM PDT by Sparklite
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To: deport

SD?


22 posted on 07/05/2014 8:24:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lightman
"Pennsylvania (# 5) ping!"

All due to State Pen Micheal Mann.

23 posted on 07/05/2014 8:25:16 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: deport

“It maybe but I”m curious why you think that?”
____________________________________________________
OK, I am prejudice. Having spent birth + 50 years in Tennessee I did not see the corruption. Maybe that is too subjective.


24 posted on 07/05/2014 8:26:21 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: fwdude

Who gets to define “corruption?”

************

Good question.....

....

The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of
federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop
a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union.
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25 posted on 07/05/2014 8:27:24 PM PDT by deport
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea
What the hell does University of Hong Kong have to do with ranking anything in this country?

China certainly has an interest in corruption in our country.

Who buys our government bonds, including state bonds?

26 posted on 07/05/2014 8:29:18 PM PDT by seowulf (Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum. Cogito.---Ambrose Bierce)
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To: Paladin2

Not to mention State Senator Vincent Fumo (Felony, Philadelphia); the Oare sisters; and Jerry Sandusky (swept under by then AG-now Governor Corbett)!!!


27 posted on 07/05/2014 8:30:22 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: deport
Because of Delbert Hoseman and a few others, Mississippi has identified and prosecuted more criminals than the State has in the past. This past Republican Primary has uncovered much more and I think there will be more to come.
28 posted on 07/05/2014 8:31:02 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: AlexW

Thanks. I”m not faulting your conclusion. I was just interested in your basis for it.

Apparently this study looked at convictions over a number of years and in relation to gov’t
contracts to reach their list.

Thanks.


29 posted on 07/05/2014 8:34:14 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union.

In other words, the title of the article should be The Ten Most Stupid Corrupt States in the U.S..

30 posted on 07/05/2014 8:36:00 PM PDT by eldoradude (How many republicrats/demoblicans does it take to change a light bulb?)
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To: deport

Only because it is NOT a state keeps DC off the list.

Pound for pound/people for people/sq mile for sq mile, DC is more corrupt than any other area in the country.

The only thing that keeps the ‘lid on it’ is their strict gun laws.

Much the same as Chicago and New York, just imagine what hell wholes they would be if people were allowed to arm themselves.


31 posted on 07/05/2014 8:36:56 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)"Better to keep your enemies inside peeing out, rather than keep them outside, peeing in.".)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

Apparently you didn’t pay attention to the recent ‘election’ in Mississippi


32 posted on 07/05/2014 8:39:18 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: deport

I always hire the University of Hong Kong (handed over to communist China) to assess corruption in America. Makes perfect sense.


33 posted on 07/05/2014 8:40:28 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: AlexW

Even Mississippi? Really with the Cochran shenanigans?


34 posted on 07/05/2014 8:40:30 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: deport

No state can hold a candle to the corruption existing and thriving in Washington DC aka District of Columbia. Illinois as such can top the list due to Chicago’s Criminal Political Machine.


35 posted on 07/05/2014 8:40:33 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: deport

BTW is the Chris Matthews shown as author the same Mr. Obama Makes My Leg Tingle Chris Matthews?


36 posted on 07/05/2014 8:43:18 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: deport

SOURCE


37 posted on 07/05/2014 8:45:43 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
Absolutely NOT buying this.Where are NY and CA?

vaudine

38 posted on 07/05/2014 8:46:31 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: deport

Alaska is, but CA isn’t?


39 posted on 07/05/2014 8:46:44 PM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: NFHale; deport

PA is #5!


40 posted on 07/05/2014 8:46:57 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: cva66snipe

Writer @FortuneMagazine,
formerly @TIME
41 posted on 07/05/2014 8:50:01 PM PDT by deport
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To: vaudine

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3176478/posts?page=37#37


42 posted on 07/05/2014 8:52:39 PM PDT by deport
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To: Nifster
Herd a REALLY interesting take on the MS shenanigans today from a young, educated, responsible man, born, bred and educated in MS.

I was saying Thad C was gettiing too old, had served too long and needed to give it up to younger man.

The response was--Thad is going to serve not more than 2 years, then resign. Haley Barbour gets appointed senator without having to run and has 4 years as incumbent before the next election.

Makes a lot of sense.

Also--most probably knoiwre he finished up as gov., and Barbour's PAC is big time supporting Cochran

.vaudine

43 posted on 07/05/2014 8:56:18 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: deport

The list maker neglected Minnesota.


44 posted on 07/05/2014 8:58:41 PM PDT by stevem
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To: lightman

How come michigan isn’t considered? Detroit carries the the motherload of it although perhaps recently Mi is a little more tame.


45 posted on 07/05/2014 9:00:14 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tryranny)
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To: vaudine

That theory has been out there for sometime now. Except he’d have to run at either
the 2 or 4 yr mark for the remainder of the six yr term. My guess was he’d resign around
6 months in giving the appt 18 months until the next election date. Who knows what is
going to happen. There are going to be some court cases I’d guess.


46 posted on 07/05/2014 9:01:44 PM PDT by deport
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...The list maker neglected Minnesota....

See:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3176478/posts?page=37#37


47 posted on 07/05/2014 9:03:45 PM PDT by deport
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To: vaudine
Last para of post # 43--Brett Farr endorsed Cochran because Barbour pardoned Farr's brother as one of his last acts as gov. Barbour's PAC is big time supporting Cochran.

Barbour went on a huge pardoning spree just before leaving gov.'s office. Evidently, one of the pardoned has since murdered someone. That pretty much squashed a run for senate, as people are disgusted; but an appt. would bypass the publicity and 4 yrs is a long time to bury the facts.

vaudine

48 posted on 07/05/2014 9:04:22 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: deport

Maybe because of this quote.

” “the overall extent of corruption will be higher in states with higher numbers of convictions of public officials.”


49 posted on 07/05/2014 9:05:07 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: deport

Leland Lee, one of the biggest gun grabbers in California is busted for trafficking arms and we don’t even get an honerable mention? And don’t get me started on Di Fi and her investment banker hubby.


50 posted on 07/05/2014 9:06:21 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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