A year and a half ago, a report was issued by a statewide grand jury that stated that public corruption is pervasive at all levels of government in Florida. It also reported that between 1998-2007, more than 800 elected officials in the Sunshine State were convicted of public corruption.
The report then died a quick death, with the 2011 Florida Legislature killing a bill that would have increased penalties for officials convicted of public corruption.
But is the public as indifferent to corruption as many of our politicians seem to be? Dan Krassner and Ben Wilcox don't think so.
The two men are with Integrity Florida, a nascent nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute whose mission is to promote integrity in government and expose public corruption. They made an immediate impact last month, releasing a report on Enterprise Florida, the official economic development organization of the state of Florida, that was secretly planning new tax-dollar giveaways to companies with code names like "Project Bacon," "Project Mae West," "Project Suite Spot" and "Project Snake Eyes."