Top 10 Most Corrupt U.S. Cities from 1976-2019 Run by Democrats 87% of the Time

Nick Kangadis | February 25, 2021
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We all know that some politicians are corrupt, but this is crazy!

In a new report by the University of Illinois-Chicago’s (UIC) Department of Political Science, they claim that, based on Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics kept since 1976, “Chicago is the most corrupt federal judicial district in the nation” by having the most “total number of public corruption convictions.”

The report, which was released on Monday, lists the top 15 most corrupt judicial districts in the U.S. The judicial districts and their primary cities are ranked as follows: Illinois-Northern (Chicago), California-Central (Los Angeles), New York-Southern (Manhattan), Florida-Southern (Miami), District of Columbia, New Jersey (Newark), Pennsylvania-Eastern (Philadelphia), Ohio-Northern (Cleveland), Virginia-Eastern (Richmond) and New York-Eastern (Brooklyn).

MRCTV decided to delve a little bit deeper into the top 10 cities in the study and found an overwhelming connection between the most corrupt judicial districts and the political party which has had primary control during the years reported on, 1976 through 2019 - they've all been primarily run by Democrats.

Here’s what we found:

  • Besides Miami, Fla., who has officially had five Republican mayors since 1976, no other city in their respective judicial district has had more than two Republican mayors since 1976.
  • Out of the 43 possible mayoral years between 1976 and 2019, Democrat mayors have held office in Miami, Fla. for 28 years, or 65 percent of said years.
  • Cleveland and New York City are the only other cities that have had more than one Republican as mayor since 1976. During that time, Democrats have held mayoral office in Cleveland 27 of the 43 studied years, or nearly 62 percent. Democrats in New York City, if you count the years Michael Bloomberg held office as a Republican, held the mayor’s office 28 out of the 43 studied years, or 65 percent.
  • Out of the 430 total number of years, 10 districts multiplied by 43 studied years, Democrats held office for 374 total years, or roughly 87 percent of the time.
  • New York City is the only city listed twice on the list. Since the city has multiple burroughs, both Manhattan (3rd) and Brookyln (10th) are among the most corrupt U.S. judicial districts.

Mayoral list sources: Chicago, Ill., Los Angeles, Calif., New York City, N.Y., Miami, Fla., Washington D.C., Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., Cleveland, Ohio, Richmond, Va.