The Wrong Way To Measure Corruption
NEW LIST MISSES A KEY METRIC …
There’s a new Top Ten list of America’s “most corrupt” states out there … that doesn’t include South Carolina.
Wait … what?
Yeah. According to the new study – compiled by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University – the Palmetto State did not make a Top Ten list that included Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Illinois and Pennsylvania, among others.
“How did we miss making this list?!” one of our readers asked, incredulously.
“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,” Fortune ‘s Chris Matthews explains.
Well, well … and there you have it.
No wonder South Carolina didn’t make the top ten! We catch plenty of our leaders red-handed (here, here and here) … but nothing ever happens to them. It’s easy to keep corruption down when you let your state’s leaders break the law with impunity!