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Theodore Roosevelt
Important Essay (and Lesson) of President Theodore Roosevelt on Honesty and Integrity in Government In a lengthy letter to his 1904 campaign manager, he defines what it means and how it is attained, what sacrifices are required to guarantee it, the personal satisfactions attending it, the necessity of public service and the need for purity of motives and actions by public officials, and what constitutes the place, nature, and allowable extent of political contributions in politics.
26/03/1906. Perhaps the most significant letter on government TR ever wrote to reach the market, directly on the subject regarded as his greatest legacy: The “disinterested and effective work for decent politics depends” on people who “are willing at great personal inconvenience and sacrifice to give their time and money to the service of a cause, the triumph of which represents not one particle of advantage to themselves personally…”His campaign contributions were made “freely by men who did not ask and who never have received one particle of consideration in the shape of legislation or administrative act as a reward for having so contributed — exactly as no man has been in any way discriminated against for not having contributed”; and the giving of contributions” does not entitle “any giver to any consideration beyond his fellows.”Late in the 1904 presidential campaign, Democratic nominee Alton Parker made the explosive charge that the Republican nominee, President Theodore Roosevelt, though responsible for enforcing the antitrust laws, had accepted large campaign gifts from big corporations. In a speech at Madison Square Garden, Parker attacked the political corruption arising from the acceptance of such gifts, and called for clean elections. Four days before the election, Roosevelt angrily denied the charge, denouncing Parker's statements as ""unqualifiedly and atrociously false.”The following year the New York Legislature Insurance Investigation Committee, known as the “Armstrong Committee"", met, took testimony on claimed abuses in the field … [Click Below for Full Description]
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