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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…

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.

Hmmmm …

“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.

Convictions …

No wonder South Carolina didn’t make the top ten!  We catch plenty of our leaders red-handed (herehere 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!

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13 comments

RogueElephant June 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Other states actually prosecute their politicians when they do wrong. WOW Why didn’t SC think of that ?????

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a face in the crowd June 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Low collective esteem and a good ol’ boy system that allows corrupt white males to do as they please.

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RogueElephant June 23, 2014 at 7:19 am

“White males” ? You haven’t been to SC State lately have you ? Crooked politicians come in all colors, shapes and sizes.

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a face in the crowd June 23, 2014 at 10:27 am

That’s the point. The State is all too happy to feature daily photographs of individuals associated with corruption at SC State. Same with the woman being fired as president at Winthrop after 11 months. When the past administration at Clemson was running up more than $2 million in legal fees to manipulate their way out of corrupt behavior, barely a word.

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Donald June 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Bingo!
The State newspaper will put every black man or white trash woman on the front page, but damn if they will invest in uncovering rich white people stealing from the government (taxpayers). The lazy media is the criminal’s best friend.

Edgar June 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

Corrupt white males? Jean Toal? Oh. Never mind.

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Bible Thumper June 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm

—-Other states actually prosecute their politicians when they do wrong.—–
We are actually worse. Our laws call what is wrong, right and reward them for their wrong doing.

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Smirks June 23, 2014 at 8:31 am

WOW Why didn’t SC think of that ?????

Because that requires electing politicians who are in it for something other than themselves.

Apparently not voting for the same dirtbags day in and day out is really, really hard. For this state, anyways.

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Bible Thumper June 23, 2014 at 12:07 am

I bet that if you remove that “WRONG WAY” sign, there would be fewer violations.

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Philip Branton June 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

LOL…..ROFL…..

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anonymous June 23, 2014 at 10:04 am

There is no state with as corrupt a slate of politicians as South Carolina. Jean Toal, of course, heads the list. Until the Feds come in with more than what they have done so far, we will not have any convictions.

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idiotwind June 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

thats a pretty embarrassing hole in the research. if anything it makes a good case for the listed states being the least corrupt in the country.

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree June 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

This state is better at hiding its fraud. Our politicians are only ignorant when they need to be. Otherwise, they’re very clever.

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