Study: Florida Is the Tenth Most Corrupt State

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Is the news here that Florida is one of the most politically corrupt states in the nation or that there are nine other states that are more corrupt than Florida? We're still not really sure.

A new study conducted by University of Hong Kong and Indiana University found that the Sunshine State is indeed the tenth shadiest when it comes to corruption.

According to Forbes, the study took into account "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."

Here are the results:

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

And here's a map showing where corruption lurks in America, and what states have relatively clean governments.

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The average corruption in those top ten states costs the average taxpayer about $1,308 per year.

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tdferris1
tdferris1

Florida has well developed "corrupt bad actors" protection policy program designed to provide the Judicial and Executive Branch "bad actors" with an "illegal" veil of "legal" protection designed to keep the "machinery" running smoothly and the state coffers safe from substantial losses (i.e., the state's self-insurance program takes precedent over the civil liberties of Floridians). As long as corrupt public and elected officials can obtain approval for litigation services and funding from CFO Jeff Atwater and legal representation from AG Pam Bondi related to civil actions filed against them, Floridians will continue  to fund  corruption with tax monies; protecting the financial and legal interests of the "state actor criminals." 


I have been deprived of my due process and equal enforcement of the law civil rights since 12-08-04 by the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County, Florida for no good or legal reason.  Related complaints filed with law enforcement agencies and the Office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle have been systematically closed, also for no good or legal reason.  


In an effort to destroy the evidence related to my corruption complaints, Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of Courts, destroyed the the paper copy of my court record which contained an estimated 120,000 pages before converting over 2/3's of it to electronic medium - making it impossible for me to secure my constitutionally protected right to appeal or proceed with federal complaints against numerous judges and public and elected officials.


The 3rd District Court of Appeals and Florida Supreme Court have engaged in the "cover-up" of Harvey Ruvin's transgressions (unauthorized paper and electronic court record fraud) committed against me by the Court, opposing counsel and also him by deliberately disregarding all my correspondence, court filed pleadings and complaints and then falsely positing me as a "problem" litigant. It is a game of attrition. State Officials in positions of power with the authority to fund the legal defense for corrupt state actors have more staying power than the average valid civil rights victim Floridian. The Clerk protects the Court and the Court protects the Clerks; resulting in a "no-win" scenario for valid civil rights victim litigants.  Then the Executive Branch steps in and provides the litigation support to cover up the corruption within the Judicial Branch; further fueling the corrupt machinery at substantial cost to Florida taxpayers.


As a licensed, but inactive CPA, who has spent ten years tracking and documenting unethical and illegal acts of the Miami-Dade County 11th Circuit Court and public and elected officials while spending endless hours preparing and filing complaints with Florida agencies (i.e., Judicial and Executive Branches) who fail to perform due diligence and then place them in the "black hole" filing cabinet to nowhere, I am at a loss as to how we can expect to combat the rampant corruption in South Florida while we are forced to "fund" it. 


The Florida legislature has failed us or rather, we the people, have been asleep at the wheel.  The ethics (F.S. 112), public record (F.S. 119) and inspector general (F.S. 20.55) laws require revamping. Both the Judicial and Executive Branches require major housekeeping and further separation of powers must be instituted by the Legislature.


As for South Florida, the heart of the problem is State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle - as long as Kathy is "in play," corruption will continue to rear its' ugly head.  






nychica007
nychica007

Surprise it is not in the top 5.  Since moving here 10yrs ago I've seen and heard things that left me speechless. 

casey203
casey203

I find it hard to believe that California with its train to nowhere, crazy pension entitlements that remain unresolved, and now three members of the legislature (all democrats) under arrest for corruption does not make the top tier.. Just what does it take to make the top 10.

casey203
casey203

I find it hard to believe that California with its train to nowhere, crazy pension entitlements that remain unresolved, and now three members of the legislature (all democrats) under arrest for corruption. Just what does it take to make the top 10.

Meesh Kachian
Meesh Kachian

If South Florida was a state, it would be number one

Brian Gordon
Brian Gordon

Wow guess they didn't count Jupiter. They would be higher on the list

utrik
utrik

Hey Kyle: (the author of this article)


From what I read here, your statistics don't seem convincing.

Nword sold be a dollar bottle of water at the stop light that had

already been open. And I came here in 1953.

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

Florida, the state that gave you Zimmerman and governor Dewey.

utrik
utrik

Please. I've lived in a multitude of cities with high rises. After over

65 years, i can never remember an elevator problem. We have one 

that not working and another that needs repair every other week.

Did the Survey add in White Collar and Political Corruption? 

Brian Bartlett
Brian Bartlett

With plenty of politicians caught doing stupid shit we are only #10...

Kris Rodriguez
Kris Rodriguez

10th????! Florida is on the top of that list!! This list is corrupt!!!

Georgey Sánchez
Georgey Sánchez

10th?! Really? I think the guys who made up this list are corrupt.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Is not higher as a state. Now poll most corrupt city... Betcha top 3 will be Miami, Providence RI, Waterbury CT and Washington DC.

John Rogger
John Rogger

I call bs. There's no way California didn't make that list or that new Hampshire is a least corrupt...someone is toying with numbers!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Only 10th? Con todos estos Cubanos?!

Charlie
Charlie

5 of the top ten border the Mississippi River, including Mississippi itself at #1.  something must be in the water

Charlie
Charlie

Only the South could ever be more corrupt than my native Illinois...

FatHand
FatHand

I wonder who we bribed to only be 10th on that list.

utrik
utrik

Funny.  Redd Foxx. 

casey203
casey203

@Charlie  California makes the south look like the most honest politician in the world. The idiot democrats lost their supermajority when three of its member were literally arrested for corruption And that takes a lost in California.

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