Corruption in Maryland

Maryland Gets Low Marks for Corruption Prevention

0Written by: Citybizlist | Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 10:30am

In the midst of a session that has seen ethics and transparency pushed into the
spotlight, two reports released this week gave the state poor rankings on both


     A nationwide report conducted by the State Integrity Investigation ranked

Maryland 40th out of 50 states for corruption prevention
, awarding the

state a D- on their report card. Half the states scored D or less

     In their explanation, the nonpartisan organization notes the state’s history

of political corruption dating back to Democratic Gov. Marvin Mandel’s

imprisonment for racketeering and mail fraud – a conviction later overturned

to Republican Vice President Spiro Agnew’s prosecution for bribery and tax

fraud during his service as governor.

     The report card is broken down into various categories, including public

access to information, internal auditing, and ethics enforcement. The

investigation blames the state’s poor ranking on limited accountability of the

executive and legislative branches due to unchecked Democratic control, a

revolving door between lobbyists and government officials, failure to correct

audit findings, and limited data access across the board.

     The project was a joint effort by the Center for Public Integrity, Global

Integrity, and Public Radio International.


Maryland politicians' crime spree

By Douglas M. Schmidt | May 24, 2012

     For the past three years, Maryland has experienced an unprecedented

crime wave of political corruption. The only comparable period in memory

would be the 1970s, when a governor was jailed and a sitting U.S. vice

president (who had served as governor and Baltimore County executive)

resigned in shame. The current offenders have been high-ranking elected

officials, and the offenses have been far more serious than simple lapses in

judgment. They have involved a level of hubris and ethical depravity that are

shocking by any standard.



















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