It started four years ago, with charges against a Palm Beach town employee for taking kickbacks. It mostly ended 10 days ago with the conviction of a business owner. The effect of that one case, though, needs to linger.
In 2009, when the anti-corruption campaign in Palm Beach County began in earnest, the fight was less against certain individuals than against a culture. Within that culture, business ran on favors. The five guilty pleas by elected officials — three county commissioners and two city commissioners in West Palm Beach — got deserved publicity, but corruption can take many forms, and at all levels of government.
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