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22 April 2010

Ethics Watchdog Lists Perdue Among Nation's Worst Governors

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report Wednesday that listed the nation's worst governors. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is among those receiving the dubious honor of state chief executives who are unethical, incompetent and frequently put their self-interests over the interests of their states'.

Below is the indictment from CREW against Gov. Perdue:

Accepted gifts and travel from lobbyists;
Violated campaign finance laws;
Failed to file complete personal financial disclosure information and supported a tax loophole that benefitted him personally;
Allegedly thwarted an investigation by the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs; and
Appointed a business associate to a state position

CREW’s executive director, Melanie Sloan, said Wednesday, "There has been a great deal of focus on the ethics of Congress over the past few years, but CREW’s report shows that state governments are not immune to ethics problems. Too often -- whether in Washington, D.C. or in South Dakota -- our country’s political leaders are more focused on what’s best for the favored few, rather than on improving the lives of Americans."