What does Alabama have in common with Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, New Jersey and Pennsylvania? If you guessed government corruption, you would be in agreement with two Harvard University professors who have just completed a study on ethics in state governments. The researchers, who work at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics, based their study on two types of corruption. The first includes public officials who take illegal bribes, and the second includes officials who receive legal campaign contributions in exchange for favors. The second category is legal in most states, but it is often considered unethical, according to the researchers. Based on these definitions, the least corrupt states are North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Vermont, and Wyoming.


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