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From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, on the country’s worst governors:
Number of miles Gov. Perdue flew in a private jet provided by a lobbyist to attend to a NASCAR race: 30
Cost of the plane ride: $2,400
Maximum acceptable value of a lobbyist gift to state officials in Georgia according to Gov. Perdue’s own
executive order: $25
Cost of one custom-stitched antique rug for Gov. Paterson’s official residence: $21,000
New York State’s projected budget deficit at the time of the rug’s purchase: $15 billion
Pay raise Gov. Paterson requested state employees forgo that same year: 3%
Minimum number of campaign contributors Gov. Jindal appointed to state positions: 200
Number of members on the Louisiana Board of Ethics: 11
Number who resigned after a special legislative session passed Gov. Jindal-backed legislation reforming
Louisiana’s ethics code: 10
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Average number of sitcom laughs an American hears during a prime-time season:
Nielsen Media Research (N.Y.C.)/Jim Drake, Night Court (Tarzana, Calif.)/Harper's research
Czech and German deer still do not cross the Iron Curtain.
British economists correlated the happiness of a country’s population with its genetic resemblance to Danes.
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