Land Deals, Private Jets and the Appalachian Trail

by
Abby Zimet

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has
published its Worst Governors' report detailing the unethical or incompetent
deeds of 11 governors. All but two - New York's David Paterson and New
Mexico's Bill Richardson - are Republicans. Among the tasty nuggets in
its index:  

 

Number of road games scheduled
for Gov. Rounds' son's high school basketball team: 7

Number of
games Gov. Rounds attended with family and friends on state planes: 5

Amount
Gov. Rounds reimbursed the state out of his own pocket: $0

 

Number of texts sent in a six week period in
2007 between Gov. Gibbons and his alleged mistress on Gov. Gibbons's
state owned cell-phone: 867

Number sent one morning in spring
2007
between 12:00AM and 2:00AM: 91

 

Number
of miles Gov. Perdue flew in a lobbyist's private jet to attend a
NASCAR race: 30

Cost of the plane ride: $2,400

Maximum
acceptable value of a lobbyist gift to state officials: $25

Price
paid by Gov. Perdue for a 20 acre tract of land from a political
supporter: $2 million

Official appraised value of the land:
$0-$102,000

Amount Gov. Perdue saved in state taxes on deal
thanks to a tax bill he signed the next year: $100,000 

 

Cost of
one custom-stitched antique rug for Gov. Paterson's official residence:
$21,000

New York State's projected budget deficit at time of rug's
purchase: $15 billion

Pay raise Gov. Paterson requested state
employees forgo that same year: 3% 

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