NY Times ranks Virginia 11th most corrupt
After the Senate-seat-selling scandal of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) revived popular claims that the Land of Lincoln is the most corrupt state in the union, on Friday the New York Times took it upon itself to rank the 50 states from most to least corrupt based on the number of public officials convicted of crimes since 1998. Virginia comes in at #11 with 332 guilty officials, right behind the infamously corrupt Louisiana, who just last week saw Rep. William Jefferson (D-New Orleans) voted out of office following an FBI raid on his home that found $90,000 in alleged bribe money in his freezer. The most corrupt state is Florida with 824 criminal officials, the least corrupt is Nebraska with 12.