Bah. This is just a list of where politicians are so rookie with their corruption that they actually get caught and prosecuted. In NY, MA, and NJ corruption isn’t really illegal, just sorta frowned upon.
Remember to have a conviction you need an investigation and an AUSA who will prosecute. Or for local corruption a DA who will authorize the investigation. In more advance locales, the corruption is so thorough that going by convictions will give the impression of lawfulness.
This is a bit like going into a restaurant, seeing all the staff scrubbing the place down and thinking that the place must be filthy but going down the street, seeing the staff sitting around and assuming that means the kitchen is sparkling clean.
The Daily Beast is smoking crack with that list. Utah is #33 and Illinois is #47? Illinois is less corrupt than Utah? Illi-friggin’-nois, which has sent 7 governors to jail? Home of Chicago? Really? I didn’t even think we had an ACORN office here.