Jan 29, 2009
Mapping Political Corruption
Cleveland and NE Ohio have a corruption scandal brewing. The local newspaper, The Plain Dealer, is reporting the corruption story while at the same time it is in the process of downsizing.
Below is an early effort to map the corruption mess by a group of citizen journalists. This map reveals a process we see often in today's corruption cases -- the indirect quid pro quo. An indirect quid pro quo moves the influencer (Dean Saliveras) away from the final target of influence (Ohio Liquor Control Board), via long paths of multiple intermediaries. Follow the arrows to see the path of influence.
The indirect quid pro quo results in plausible deniability for the influencer because there is no direct connection to the target of influence. The data to create this map is taken directly from this published Plain Dealer article.