GS, maybe what happened is VT didn’t fit the standard corruption model. Being a VT State Representative or State Senator is not a fulltime job. They have to have jobs in the real world too to support themselves. They also don’t have personal staffs. If you email your Reps they are the ones who answer you. If you call, they are the ones who answer the phone. All of this combined keeps them close to their actual constituents, and perhaps more accountable than in high population States where the legislators are removed from their constituents.