TPM Reader WO cuts to the heart of the story …
I think you guys should do a Most Corrupt State smackdown. Maybe get CREW, POGO, ProPublica, and whoever else wants to help to cooperate. I think it’s pretty clear that the only three serious contenders are Illinois, Louisiana, and Alaska. My money would be on the young upstart, Alaska, over the grizzled corruption veterans of Illinois and Louisiana, but who knows. Statistics should play a part in the contest, but style points are important, too. Cash in the freezer is pretty impressive, as is trying to shake down the President-Elect.
Late Update: Outrage from TPM Reader JP: “Who could leave Rhode Island off the list of most corrupt states!! This is defamatory!! Ocean Staters will NOT be insulted in this way!! Don’t make me go ALL CAPS on this thing!!! A very dark day for TPM….” I don’t know. I’m a former Rhode Islander. I used to live about a half dozen blocks from the official Gov’s mansion on Benefit Street when Buddy Cianci was mayor. But I’m not sure the Ocean State can really stand up to these three state’s recent record. I’d need to see more evidence.
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