08/30/2012 09:44 am ET

TV Politicians Who Are Corrupt From '24,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Boss,' 'Homeland' And More

Politicians can get bad raps ... but in the case of these TV politicians, sometimes they deserve it.

With the lead-up to the 2012 election in full swing, we couldn't help trying to find the good in our own political system by highlighting the most evil, inept and corrupt politicians in TV history. From "24's" villainous Charles Logan to POW-turned-congressman-with-a-cause Nicholas Brody on "Homeland," the slideshow below is full of very bad guys in very high places.

But they're not all as overtly evil as "Once Upon a Time's" poison apple-shilling evil queen herself, Mayor Regina Mills -- some TV politicians rose to power on pure luck (ahem, Quahog's Mayor Adam West!) and have managed to muck it up with their incompetence ever since.

Click through the gallery to see the 16 politicians who got our vote for most corrupt, whether they were campaigning for it or not.

TV's Most Corrupt Politicians

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