and The Center for Ethical Governance

The Museum of Political Corruption is dedicated to elevating the public’s understanding of corruption and encouraging solutions that promote ethics reform and honest government.  When built, a state-of-the-art facility, to be located in downtown Albany, will serve as a cutting-edge educational resource as well as an engaging gathering place.  It will also serve as a cultural landmark representing the region’s leadership in ethical governance. Immersive and interactive displays along with panel discussions, film screenings, and a host of timely rotating exhibits will offer a deeper understanding of corruption and its impact on society.

Chartered in 2015, the Museum of Political Corruption has been featured in the New Yorker Magazine, USA Today, Associated Press, The Huffington Post and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

The Museum of Political Corruption and its Center for Ethical Governance is committed to building a better future. Join us in building a museum that emphasizes empowerment and civic engagement. 


You can help make corruption history with your generous donation.

FIRST RESPONDERS FOR DEMOCRACY EXHIBITION OPENS! 

ETHICAL DILEMMAS?

What Would You Do?

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Zoom and is free and open to the public.  There will be a special opportunity to join us at a "Meet and Greet" with Jane Mayer at 6:30 for those who wish to donate $25 (which will go towards next year's Nellie Bly Award).  The event will be emceed by WAMC's Senior Director of News and Programming Joe Donahue. It will include an interview with Jane Mayer and a chance for viewers to ask questions.  
 
Register for the 7 PM Award Ceremony below
or for the Award ceremony PLUS a special "Meet and Greet" with Jane Mayer starting at 6:30 ($25 donation). Donations can be made on our website
here.  

REFLECTIONS ON ETHICAL

LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE:

​​​​​President Jimmy Carter's Message to

The Museum of Political Corruption 

Roundtable  and Public Forum on Corruption featuring (clockwise from upper left) Frank Anechiarico, Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law, Hamilton College; Blair Horner, Executive Director, New York Public Interest Research Group; Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University, and Jimmy Vielkind, POLITICO, New York's Albany Bureau Chief.

"...a museum that would not only detail Albany's many political scandals but also offer some possible solutions to corruption."

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FROM ALBANY TO BROADWAY!

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'shout-out' to The Museum of Political Corruption

GOT CORRUPTION?

While The Museum of Political Corruption does not investigate corruption, we want all citizens to feel that they can make a difference.  If you suspect corruption is happening, we encourage you to share your concerns with your state Attorney General’s Office (in New York: https://ag.ny.gov/bureau/public-integrity-bureau) or an appropriate ethics watchdog organization (for NY, it would be the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics at  https://jcopeny.gov/contact-us).   

 

Wish to volunteer your time, expertise or share your ideas?

Great!  Contact us at:


Admin@museumofpoliticalcorruption.org

 

The Museum of Political Corruption opened its exhibition, “First Responders for Democracy,” on Sunday, February 16th.   The exhibition reflects on how ordinary citizens have done extraordinary things to preserve democracy. “First Responders for Democracy”  will run through the fall of 2020 at the Albany Firefighters Museum, 384 Broadway in downtown Albany.  

- Chris Weigant, HuffingtonPost

Filled with tales of speakeasies, gangsters, bootleggers, kickbacks, shady quid pro quo's, plots to bribe legislators and more, our Walking Tour Map of downtown Albany, entitled "FOUR CENTURIES OF ALBANY POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND REFORM" offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of the city's colorful past (and present). Physical copies of the map will soon be placed at tourist destinations and we look forward at the appropriate time (given the COVID-19 epidemic) to to formally launch this tour with a group walk (hopefully later in the summer).  This map, developed by local historian and author Don Rittner, is available free for download here.


AUDIO TOUR: a companion audio tour is now available containing even more juicy stories from Albany's history!  Listen to it here.


Enjoy, walk around historic Albany and stay safe!

-Lonely Planet Travel News

- Editorial Board, The Poughkeepsie Journal

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 CORRUPTION IN THE NEWS

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WHEN WE OPEN....


ADMISSION* (BRIBES)

ADULT BRIBE: $12.50 
CHILDREN'S BRIBES* $6.50

*CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12, BUT PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO LIE ABOUT THE AGE OF THEIR CHILDREN.


CORRUPT POLITICIANS GET IN FOR FREE


EVERY TUESDAY IS COUPLES DAY!  BRING A FRIEND​ OR CO-CONSPIRATOR!

JOIN US FOR THIS EXCITING LIVE ZOOM EVENT! 

September 24th at 7 PM

(6:30 for the Meet and Greet!) 


THE 4TH ANNUAL 

NELLIE BLY AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING 

as we honor

JANE MAYER

 

MEET JANE MAYER

September 24th!

The Museum of Political Corruption

The Museum of Political Corruption, as part of its Reflections on Ethical Leadership, is collecting quotes from leaders and role models around the country in government, sports, business, education, the arts and religion.  This is a quote we received from former President Carter.  He writes it in his own hand and addresses it directly to Bruce Roter, MPC Founder and President:

WHAT CAN WE DO?


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WHAT IS CORRUPTION?

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical HAMILTON, references us on page 137 in his book on Hamilton! 

THE CITY IS OUR MUSEUM!

A corruption walking tour of downtown Albany starts here!

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CURRENT EXHIBITION 

FIRST RESPONDERS FOR DEMOCRACY  here

"...an idea whose time has come. If I were passing through Albany, I'd visit, that's for sure!"

OUR MUSEUM ISN'T BUILT YET!  

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