I mean, if you completely ignore what Menendez is accused of, then sure, general "corruption" sounds not as bad. But the allegations are as follows: 1.) Menendez was basically bought by his close acquaintance, Dr. Melgen, and served as his own personal advocate in Congress. 2.) Through Melgen, Menendez may have been engaging in sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. 3.) Menendez was indicted on charges of bribery, conspiracy, fraud, and lying under oath. He only isn't behind bars because of a mistrial. These aren't some minor white-collar crimes he's accused of.