Alabama Listed As One of Ten Most Corrupt States
Fortune Magazine has released a list of the ten most politically corrupt states and Alabama is on that list. Some of the criteria - - The convictions of public officials as well as patterns in state spending.
On average, this study finds Alabamians pay around 1300 dollars per year on corruption.
This year, we've seen two politicians from our area under investigation for possible government corruption. Representative Greg Wren pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor ethics charge, while Representative Barry Moore was arrested on charges of perjury. Political Analyst Steve Flowers says southern states see corruption because they're usually one-party states.
Sumner tells us over 1000 seminars in ethics laws have been taught since he's been the director. He announced he will retire this October, after serving 17 years as the Director of the Alabama Ethics Commission. After he retires, he says he'd like to teach or do consulting in the private sector.