I hear of far too many politicians in local government being corrupt. They take money from cities and taxpayers. They should be under closer scrutiny as to what they do with the funds that have been appropriated. They must be held accountable for their corrupt actions and should instead strive to work on behalf of the citizens.
Corruption in public life should be tracked and documented. It is a way to keep public officials honest and accountable for their actions and deeds. Transperancy is the hallmark of a healthy, working democracy. It is also one the things that makes North America and Western Europe different from places like Russia.