Group gives Virginia "F" for corruption risk

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia got an "F" when it comes to corruption risks, due largely to poor public access to information and weak ethics enforcement, according to a new report.

The State Integrity Investigation issued the scathing report which ranked the Commonwealth 47th out of the 50 states. The year-long investigation found Virginia was one of nine states with no statewide ethics commission, one of four with no campaign finance limits and one of just two where part-time lawmakers -many of whom are lawyers- handpick judges.

The investigation is a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. No state received an "A" grade and half earned "D" or "F" grades. New Jersey, recovering from recent corruption scandals, received the highest score of B+.

Gov. Bob McDonnell was made aware of the report early Monday.

"The governor saw it first thing, and his first reaction was, 'I want a full review of this study,'" said Communications Director Tucker Martin.

Martin said two cabinet secretaries were directed to conduct the review.

"If there's areas that need to be improved, we want to do that. If there's areas where maybe the reporting was incorrect based on what actually happens in Virginia, we want to note that and make sure the Center knows," Martin said.

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