[Ed. – Illinois is fourth? Did they move Chicago to another state?]
Political corruption runs rampant in both the U.S. and every government across the world. Lobbying, back door deals, blackmailing — you know the deal.
Have you ever wondered which states in the U.S. have the most corruption? This isn’t an achievement to be proud of, obviously, but someone’s got to sit atop the ranks. Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong recently set out to answer to that question, and their findings may surprise you.
The researchers examined over 25,000 cases of politicians convicted on corruption charges from 1976-2008 and tracked various state spending trends in order to develop a corruption index. According to their index, the ten most corrupt states in the country are as follows:
8. South Dakota