Va. the 47th worst state in risk of corruption
No ethics panel cited as ‘huge’ lack
RICHMOND | Virginia is among the states most at risk for public corruption, receiving a failing grade in a state integrity investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International.
The investigation, released Monday, was not a tally of government scandals or criminal convictions, but rather a score based on a state integrity index that ranked 330 “corruption risk indicators” in 14 categories, including campaign finance, internal auditing and lobbyist disclosure.
Virginia got an F, and its score of 55 ranked 47th out of 50 states.
Virginia’s lack of a statewide ethics commission really hurt its score, said Randy Barrett, a spokesman for the Center for Public Integrity.
“The fact that the state has no ethics commission is just huge,” he said. “That there’s no official watchdog overlooking the state is just huge.”
According to the report, Virginia is