Coming soon: A museum of political corruption?

A NY professor says his town could make a killing commemorating the state's long tradition of legally and ethically compromised politicians.

By Bruce Kennedy Jul 26, 2013 4:13PM

Image: Jail (© Darrin Klimek/Getty Images/Getty Images)Forget the botanical gardens, aquariums or the other standard tourist attractions cities regularly set aside funding for in the hopes of creating some new municipal revenue. A professor in Albany, N.Y., has a unique idea for a local venue that could, no doubt, be replicated elsewhere: a museum of political corruption.

"My fellow Albany residents, we've been sitting on gold and haven't even realized it!" writes Bruce Roter, a music professor at The College of St. Rose, on his Facebook (FB) page. "It's the political corruption for which our great Capital is known! I say let's not hide it! Let's embrace it, celebrate it, and best of all, make money off of it!"

When it comes to commemorating political corruption, New York is a good place to start. At least 20 state lawmakers have reportedly been removed from office there over the past 23 years due to legal or ethical violations.

And while Roter's suggestion is humorous, he seems to have the museum all figured out. On the institution's placeholder website, it notes museum-goers would pay bribes rather than an admissions fee. Children under age 12 would pay a smaller bribe, "but parents are encouraged to lie about the age of their children." It also says that, with regards to admissions, "the number one rule of corruption is admit to nothing!"

Local reporters and visitors to the museum's Facebook page have already come up with other ideas. The cafeteria, for example, would have to serve pork, of course -- and maybe Weiners (bun optional) with an Elliot Spitzer spritzer, in honor of New York's disgraced former congressman and governor, respectively.

The gift shop, meanwhile, could keep two sets of ledgers -- one for the IRS and one for the individual -- while it sells decks of playing cards with six aces, and figurines of infamous pols with the inscription, "I bought this legislator in Albany, NY!"

Roter says the museum could be looked as as a local "house of horrors," a cautionary tale or even a house of mirrors for any lawmakers brave enough to visit.

But profits from the museum of political corruption, he insists, must not only go towards the institution, but to beautify the city of Albany. "After all, it's Albany's name that keeps getting dragged through the mud!" he writes.

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Jul 26, 2013 7:21PM
I thought we had that museum already, its called washington DC.
Jul 26, 2013 9:01PM
Illinois could have a great museum starting with Chicago mayors and Illinois governors. They might even be able to fit in Obama and his Chicago cronies.
Jul 26, 2013 9:53PM

Hmmm...  lets see 7 Illinois Congressmen serving time, 31 Aldermen, 2 out of the last 3 governors serving time.  


I think Chicago wins hands down.   They make New Jersey look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm...


Look at Obama, he's trained in how to lie, cheat and steal...  Obamaville is by far the most segregated, corrupt city in America.  Chicago makes the rest of the corrupt democrats look like they are don't know how to steal...

Jul 27, 2013 4:21AM
Jul 26, 2013 8:46PM
Sorry to say the PLANET isn't big enough for a museum to be built to house ALL of the corruption in the UNITED STATES, let alone the rest of the world.
Jul 29, 2013 12:49PM

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Jul 29, 2013 9:43AM
Just travel to any American town, city, town hall, police station, fire station, court room, bank or paid investor and you will find political corruption up your a/hole.  Everyone has  their hands in your pockets 24/7.  The new America means: we take everything from you.  It's good to be Greedy & Corrupt in America, in fact our schools teach it.  Nothing can be done to clean up this corrupt land we pay for every day.    America ain't what it use to be.  Greed & corruption are what it feeds on.  Just look around and pick up any news paper and read all about it.  Have a nice day and remember America is taking everything you have to empower those that run and control us.  Who will stand up to these corrupt and greedy group of gangsters, called political leaders in business suits?  America, speak up for change and take your country back!   It's easy to do, just follow the money and you will understand why Wall Street and Washington are at the end of this corrupt gang of money making scum.  
Jul 29, 2013 10:33AM

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Jul 29, 2013 9:03AM
Jul 28, 2013 11:10PM

Apparently these posters never cracked a book and never heard of Teas pot dome

and Watergate.Just keep believing our right wing media.

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