A political scandal is a kind of political corruption that is exposed and becomes a scandal, in which politicians or government officials are accused of engaging in various illegal, corrupt, or unethical practices. A political scandal can involve the breaking of the nation's laws or moral codes and may involve sexual scandal.
Scandal sells, and broadsides, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines and the electronic media have covered it in depth. The Muckraker movement in American journalism was a component of the Progressive Era in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Journalists have built their careers on exposure of corruption and political scandal, often acting on behalf of the opposition party.
The are numerous contextual factors that make a scandal noteworthy, such as the importance of the people and the depth of conspiracy, as well as the coverup strategies of policymakers, and the strength of the 
The political ideology of media owners plays a role—they prefer to target the opposition but will reluctantly cover their own side. Journalists have to frame the story in terms of the audience's values and expectations to maximize the impact.
Lists of political scandals by country
- Albania - Political scandals of Albania
- Australia - List of Australian political controversies
- Belgium - Belgian political scandals
- Canada - List of Canadian political scandals
- Chile - Chilean political scandals
- Colombia - Colombian parapolitics scandal
- France - French political scandals
- Germany - German political scandals
- Iceland - Icelandic political scandals
- India - Indian political scandals
- Ireland - Irish political scandals
- Italy - Italian political scandals
- Japan - Black Mist Scandal (Japanese politics)
- Philippines - List of political scandals in the Philippines
- Slovenia - 1975 Zaliv Scandal
- South Africa - South African political scandals
- United Kingdom - List of political scandals in the United Kingdom
- United States - List of federal political scandals in the United States, List of state and local political scandals in the United States
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