Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like corruption issues tend to be the largest in places with vast amounts of natural resources. Government’s role in allocating land, mining, forestry or fishing rights, eminent domain, etc. leads to plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurial politicians.
With that in mind, take a look at Alaska. A state with a ton of oil, gold, forests, and fishing. In a situation like that, the opportunities for corruption are astronomical. And now it’s finally being uncovered:
The Alaska political corruption investigation
A broad federal investigation of public corruption has been under way in Alaska for more than three years, although it didnâ€™t become widely known until Aug. 30, 2006.
Thatâ€™s when teams of federal agents executed search warrants at the offices of six state legislators and elsewhere around the state. The government has since brought indictments and won a jury verdict and several guilty pleas.