Va. the 47th worst state in risk of cor­rup­tion

No ethics panel cited as ‘huge’ lack

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY DAVID SHERFINSKI

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

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