The Feds

Apropos our last post: here’s a clue.

Based solely on federal prosecutions and convictions, the “most corrupt” governments are in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Which just happen to be the three largest cities in the United States.

We are not sure what to make of this little foray into “most corrupt” statistics. It doesn’t seem to take into account the fact that the three most prominent New York State political figures of the last generation – Sheldon Silver, Joe Bruno and Elliot Spitzer – all wound up in serious criminal trouble and two of them wound up in federal prison.

Beyond that, is this conclusion:

Tracking the worst by city–Chicago is still the most corrupt for political corruption convictions followed by Los Angeles then NY’s Southern District for Manhattan.

simply a function of raw numbers, such that the largest places will have the largest numbers? We don’t know.

But we are also pondering the idea that the feds are more active where their efforts will draw more media attention, and that means big cities. The flip side of this coin is that they ignore squalid little backwaters like Mount Morris, New York.

Maybe. We’re not sure this morning.

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