„We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.“

—  William Howard Taft, Chapter 6.
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William Howard Taft
27º presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America 1857 - 1930
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Context: There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done. We must have complete and effective publicity of corporate affairs, so that the people may know beyond peradventure whether the corporations obey the law and whether their management entitles them to the confidence of the public. It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced. Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs.