Difficult to believe that Florida only gets a C-minus for government corruption

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With (at least) three of its congressmen under FBI investigation, a governor whose company paid a billion-dollar fine for fraud and, well, whatever the hell happens in South Florida, it’s difficult to believe that Florida only received a grade of C-minus in a first-of-its-kind assessment of corruptibility.

As reported by the Associated Press, the State Integrity Investigation report that was released today praises Florida’s open-records and open-meetings “sunshine” laws. The investigation was conducted by three groups including the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization.

The report faults the state, though, for weak regulation of lobbyists and toothless ethics enforcement for public officials.

Also cited are high fees that in some cases prevent citizens from getting to see those open records.

Imagine what a state has to do to earn an ‘F’ rating?  After all, a Department of Justice report found that Florida had the highest number of convictions in federal public corruption cases at local, state and federal levels.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.