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Ohio: Not The Most Corrupt!

Sixth in an occasional series promoting a positive message about our state.


“What, four states are still more corrupt than mine? I’ll fix that.”


The Rod Blagojevich scandal has had many commentators buzzing about the corrupt political climate of Chicago, with others chiming in to say, “You think Chicago is corrupt? Check out New Orleans.”

Well, two guys named Lee Sigelman and John Sides set out to measure exactly how corrupt every state is by plotting the “total number of public corruption convictions from 1997 to 2006 per 100,000 residents.” This is the chart they came up with:


As you can see, Ohio is clearly not in first place. Woohoo!

Ohio: More corrupt than 90% of America, but not the most corrupt!


4 thoughts on “Ohio: Not The Most Corrupt!

  1. aww…it warms the heart to see the sheriff. did i ever tell you of the time i got him to come to Kenyon to speak for the college republicans? and how afterward, after his near-insane 90-minute demagogic rant, i was escorting him to the reception across campus, and he stops and grabs me by both arms and asks slowly into my face, “do you think i’m a joke?” did i ever tell you about that?

  2. You did tell me that. And I witnessed that rant firsthand. I was both mesmerized and repulsed by his hair.

    What did you say in response?

    Have you been to visit him in the clink?

  3. You know what I’d pay to see? Prison Break Season One, but with Jim Traficant as part of the gang that breaks out. I’m not sure why no one has thought of this yet.

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