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Florida Is Officially America's Most Corrupt State

Categories: Crime, Politicks
We're number one!
Which is the single most corrupt state in our glorious union? Is it Illinois with its Rod Blagojevich bribery bonanza? Louisiana with its freezer-stuffing yet always reelected congressmen? California with its small-town, $700,000-salaried officials?

None of the above, according to a new study out this morning. Florida tops them all -- by a wide margin actually -- based on a rock-solid statistic: the number of state officials actually convicted on federal public corruption charges since 2000.

"Florida faces a corruption crisis that threatens the state's reputation, its economy and its ability to attract new jobs and capital," write the report's authors, Ben Wilcox and Dan Krassner.

Wilcox and Krassner compiled the new report for Integrity Florida, a non-partizan group dedicated to reducing graft in the Sunshine State.

The pair start by admitting that several other states have also laid claim to the coveted title of Most Corrupt in the U.S. -- most recently Illinois, where a University of Chicago study declared that the state is "leading the pack in corruption."

But that report looked at federal data going all the way back to 1976, when the Windy City was still basically a haven of Al Capone-esque bribery minded mobsters.

Wilcox and Krassner decided to look at more recent federal data. Sure enough, winnowing down federal corruption convictions to the past decade -- from 2000 to 2010, the most recent year the numbers have been released for -- reveals that Florida is the nation's graft capital.

On a year-by-year basis, Florida topped the country in that category five times since 2000, with just Texas and California coming close with three top years each.

On an average year, an astounding 71 Florida officials are convicted of corruption charges.

Of course Integrity Florida doesn't just want to point and laugh at Florida's bribery craze; the group offers five recommendations to fix the problems, including creating a statewide corruption tip line, giving the Florida Ethics Commission more power to launch its own inquiries and requiring top officials to report all major transactions from the previous year.

Read the full report yourself here:

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history1
history1

Port saint lucifer (Lucie) is the core of all corruption

scrapmetal239
scrapmetal239

I dont think the average person knows how corrupt miami is. for example. Four men get off at a dealership. with a car that needs a title. At first the man explains he cant do it, but when one gentleman takes him to the back to have a little talk, things change. What ever that man said, it was scary enougth to get the unwilling party on board. The man do the work, and finish printing and setting the cars legal matter at an office in a nearby suburb. These guys phone calls, sound like rigth out of  scarface, threats, why wont you pay, where is my money, do you like your kids to walk...ect. At the house, the walls are fillied with stolen items for sale, everything on the low.boxes and boxes, a trailer load. in a wide range of illegal acitivities, these men run a mafia, that can make any government or private bisness owner hop along and get the job done. its like what happens in mexico, no one is willing to get in the way. this is everyday stuff. I only spent one day with this crew, but it was enougth to see that behind the sence there is some sirious stuff going on in dade. when you see a small bisness selling cloths, the cloths is stolen, the cable company is by an illegal server, the store owner has to pay a protection fee, and a couple things are behnd the shelves. when you see a car dealership, perhaps titles are being made, or international scrap metal contraband, international stolden car trade, or drug dealers cars are being prepared for a trip out back. every little thing in miami in somehow largely against the law.

brooklyn549
brooklyn549

As all republican politians like to end their speeches--"God bless America,and God bless the American people."-The republicans have made us # 1 at something.Anyone notice the number of indictments against the all republican Cape Coral city council? All republicans,all corrupt.The Cape coral sewer project was  responsible for the high number of foreclosures,and making home sales very difficult.One council member owned the surveying company-$3 million profit.Eric Grill owned a construction company that took money,but never performed the work.When h was arrested was he at work? NO!!! He was at home in the early afternoon at poolside.Talk about self-serving no-show jobs that have great opportunities for getting rich.These people hide behind religion as a shield,trying to gain your confidence as good God fearing people.

TheArbiterOfTruth
TheArbiterOfTruth

Interesting however, from a purely objective scientific standpoint I would submit that the state with the most corruption could possibly have the fewest convictions. This article talks about Florida having the most convictions. A valid theory is that Florida has the most convictions because they are the only ones willing to convict corrupt politicians. Other questions remain unanswered in this article: Which state had the most indictments? Which state has the best lawyers that got their politicians off scott free? Which state just turns a blind eye and doesn't even attempt prosecution? This is where statistics becomes easy to lie with, number of convictions per year alone is not a valid estimator for level of corruption.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

you for about marco rubio   One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals. Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."

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S

In a state where government officials have intentionally and wrongfully entangled proven criminally-corrupt Judge David P. Kreider in the nation’s 2012 election process sadly these findings should come as no surprise.  Countless heads need to roll and, to many, a lot of years in prison need to be doled out.  It’s a shame that things in Florida have gotten to the current stage.  Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) should take a moment to read the information at the following url (updated information originally circulated on 06/04/2012): floridavoices -dot- com/inbox/sunshine-state-should-work-rebuild-trust-openness *Be sure to replace the “-dot-“ when you cut & paste the url. The information is 100% true and that is easily recognized…especially when one considers all the information that has been circulated thus far, all the deceptive tactics employed by the co-conspirators thus far, and the noticeable absence of public rebuttals to our highly public claims regarding proven crimes by public officials and others.  That being the case, and assuming “Florida Voices” is a company with integrity, the information should remain displayed.  However, I’m not familiar with the history of the company/website so I can’t swear that they won’t pull the information down.  THIS IS SERIOUS and although many won’t be surprised…many will rightfully be p’d-off with the wanton lawlessness displayed by our supposed societal leaders.  It truly is sickening.  The public, legal professionals, and law-abiding public servants should be aware. Also refer to the following urls when reviewing the information at the above url : complaints -dot-  com/2012/march/14/Corrupt_Judge_David_P._Kreider_now_taints_the_ele_264712 -dot- htm and complaints -dot-  com/2012/may/21/Corrupt_Judge_David_P._Kreider_now_taints_the_ele_266368 -dot- htm *Once again, be sure to replace each “-dot-“ when you cut & paste the url. The troubling reason for the existence of multiple urls is explained near the bottom of the webpages corresponding to the first two urls listed. The issues addressed at these urls go high…that’s an undeniable fact.  They probably reach higher than you think.  There needs to be a serious “cleaning of the slate” in parts of the state’s government. Everything stated here is substantiated by two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the aforementioned Spencer Mann and Chief Judge’s office).  The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators.

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S

In a state where government officials have intentionally and wrongfully entangled proven criminally-corrupt Judge David P. Kreider in the nation’s 2012 election process sadly these findings should come as no surprise.  Countless heads need to roll and, to many, a lot of years in prison need to be doled out.  It’s a shame that things in Florida have gotten to the current stage.  Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) should take a moment to read the information at the following url (updated information originally circulated on 06/04/2012): floridavoices -dot- com/inbox/sunshine-state-should-work-rebuild-trust-openness *Be sure to replace the “-dot-“ when you cut & paste the url. The information is 100% true and that is easily recognized…especially when one considers all the information that has been circulated thus far, all the deceptive tactics employed by the co-conspirators thus far, and the noticeable absence of public rebuttals to our highly public claims regarding proven crimes by public officials and others.  That being the case, and assuming “Florida Voices” is a company with integrity, the information should remain displayed.  However, I’m not familiar with the history of the company/website so I can’t swear that they won’t pull the information down.  THIS IS SERIOUS and although many won’t be surprised…many will rightfully be p’d-off with the wanton lawlessness displayed by our supposed societal leaders.  It truly is sickening.  The public, legal professionals, and law-abiding public servants should be aware. Also refer to the following urls when reviewing the information at the above url : complaints -dot-  com/2012/march/14/Corrupt_Judge_David_P._Kreider_now_taints_the_ele_264712 -dot- htm and complaints -dot-  com/2012/may/21/Corrupt_Judge_David_P._Kreider_now_taints_the_ele_266368 -dot- htm *Once again, be sure to replace each “-dot-“ when you cut & paste the url. The troubling reason for the existence of multiple urls is explained near the bottom of the webpages corresponding to the first two urls listed. The issues addressed at these urls go high…that’s an undeniable fact.  They probably reach higher than you think.  There needs to be a serious “cleaning of the slate” in parts of the state’s government. Everything stated here is substantiated by two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the aforementioned Spencer Mann and Chief Judge’s office).  The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators.

Delscribe47
Delscribe47

... interesting but not surprising... what's more surprising to me is how many people refuse to educate themselves about the men and women they vote for -- depending upon the district, having either a "D" or an "R" behind their names is enough to get people elected to do the people's business and that's on us, not on the crooks stealing us blind...

Joshua
Joshua

The number of corruption charges could also point to an anti-corruption ethos. You get more federal prosecutions if you have more whistleblowers.

Helenetoogreen
Helenetoogreen

I'm sure the Miami Dade County Commission is responsible for a HUGE chunk of this mess. Time to throw the bums OUT! It start with you, Miami Dade Voters! Go out and vote on August 14.

David Cody
David Cody

WIth the State Attorneys Office in each county taking their cues from those very same corrupt officials and business owners, is there any wonder that our state is tops for corruption.  Broward has an SAO that will criminally prosecute a politician for the possibility of one day possibly paying back a relative, even though all the evidence pointed to that dude not getting paid, but then allow a seated County COmmissioner pay a fine to the ethics board for actually getting caught voting on matters that enriched her lobbyist husband and herself.  How bout the former mayor of Coral Springs who paid a fine for actually contacting folks to get a bribe...I blame the SAO's...they pick and choose which politicians face the ethics commission and keep their seats when they are obviously corrupt and then criminally prosecute others when there is no real evidence to support it.  There is something really wrong with that picture..Rundle and Satz have gotta go...If we want to even begin looking at political corruption and prosecuting the States worse offenders criminally, instead allowing the ethics commission to impose a fine on them but they keep the positions that allow them to be corrupt.  MADNESS!!!

Lucmarcoux
Lucmarcoux

HA!  As a Florida native I have been saying this for a long time (over a decade). Is anyone surprised? Who is gonna fix it? 

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