According to Politico, a publication called Corporate Crime Reporter, using Department of Justice statistics in 2007, invented a sort of BCS system for embattled politicians. They ranked the 35 most populous states of the nation by corruption rate by calculating the number of public corruption convictions from 1997 to 2006 per 100,000 residents.

Here are the “most corrupt” rakings. Now the top teams will meet in the “Governor Blagojevich ‘Capitol Won’” bowl to decide who finishes the bribery season in the top spot. Given recent events, my money’s on Illinois:

1. Louisiana(7.67)
2. Mississippi (6.66)
3. Kentucky (5.18)
4. Alabama (4.76)
5. Ohio (4.69)
6. Illinois (4.68)
7. Pennsylvania (4.55)
8. Florida (4.47)
9. New Jersey (4.32)
10. New York (3.95)
11. Tennessee (3.68)
12. Virginia (3.64)
13. Oklahoma (2.96)
14. Connecticut (2.80)
15. Missouri (2.79)
16. Arkansas (2.74)
17. Massachusetts (2.66)
18. Texas (2.44)
19. Maryland (2.31)
20. Michigan (2.14)
21. Georgia (2.13)
22. Wisconsin (2.09)
23. California (2.07)
24. North Carolina (1.96)
25. Arizona (1.88)
26. Indiana (1.85)
27. South Carolina (1.74)
28. Nevada (1.72)
29. Colorado (1.56)
30. Washington (1.52)
31. Utah (1.4117)
32. Kansas (1.4109)
33. Minnesota (1.24)
34. Iowa (0.91)
35. Oregon (0.68).

(h/t GrouchyOldCripple)

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