For anyone who wishes to understand the political situation in the progressive oasis of Gainesville, this paper is a good place to start. Even though it was written in the 1990’s, the situation has only gotten worse and the subjects of this report and their hand picked local ‘leaders’ are still in control of the City’s purse strings.
FROM CANDIDATE TO CRIMINAL:
THE CONTINGENCIES OF CORRUPTION IN
ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICE
Mark Kane Goldstein
H. S. Pennypacker
University of Florida and Mammatech Corporation
ABSTRACT: Political corruption is identified as the behavioral consequence of novel
contingencies of reinforcement introduced immediately after a candidate for public office is
victorious and assumes the powers of incumbency. An analysis of the contingencies
surrounding the transition from candidate to criminal is presented and strategies for
overcoming the corrosive effects of postelection reinforcers are offered.
Dr. Goldstein is Chairman of the Board and Vice President of the Mammatech Corporation. He was
twice elected to the City Commission of Gainsville, Florida and served a one-year term as Mayor-
Commissioner. Dr. Pennypacker is a Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Mammatech
Corporation as well as Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida. Please address
correspondence to either author at 930 N.W. 8th Ave., Gainsville FL 32601.