This article explores to what extent anti-corruption campaigns have leverage over local governments in Indonesia by examining the case of anti-corruption campaign in Padang, West Sumatra. This campaign galvanized across the country at one time when it succeeded to persuade prosecutors to investigate provincial local legislators on the suspicion of violation of government decree by adding various kinds of perquisites for them in the annual budget. The campaign became everyday topics of local people with the coverage of national and local newspapers. However in the long process of judicial trial up to the Supreme Court, all of the local legislators were acquitted. This article highlights various barriers this anti-corruption movement had faced: negative campaigns orchestrated by a radical religious group leader, collusive relationship between local politicians and newspapers, pressure from national parliament on the judgement of the court. But it also highlights the resiliency of civic movement in this province. Next-generation of anti-corruption activists have already emerged to pursue the same career path of the first-generation activists after democratization.