The Corruption of the Ministry happened shortly after the election of Cornelius Fudge. Fudge tried to cover up Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter’s information about Voldemort’s return. The Wizards of the Western Continents agreed with Dumbledore, which caused Fudge to secure the Americas, placing them in a sub council. This made wizards of the west, less represented within the Ministry, and so most of the problems that they had were not heard by the Minister. This frustration led to the American Split, run by some of the greatest wizards of that time.