OR least corrupt, but WA not far behind

According to reporting from The Washington Post, the Evergreen state registered 1.62 corruption convictions per 100,000 public employees between 1976 and 2008. 

Surprisingly, not bad.

And only our neighbor to the south, Oregon, registered fewer corrupt state employees. 

Nebraska, Iowa and Vermont trail closely behind.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to see how all the states rank.

The Post writes, “Those states score well because of robust transparency laws, according to ethics watchdogs. Oregon’s rules for campaign finance disclosures are among the toughest in the country, and lobbyists and special interest groups cannot give gifts worth more than $50 to state employees. Oregon also requires most public-improvement contracts to be awarded based on competitive bidding, avoiding no-bid contracts, which can be a major source of corruption.”

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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