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History Big business has been affecting politics throughout time since there were established forms of government The practice of financing public elections with private money is older than our nation itself In 1757 for example George Washington was charged with an irregularity kind of campaign spending in his race for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses With only 391 voters in his district Washington is said to have purchased and distributed during his campaign more than a quart and a half of rum wine beer and hard cider per person 2 A quote that accurately describes corruption in politics is taken from a former senator There are two things that are important in politics The first is money and I cant remember what the second one is -- Ohio political boss and US Senator Mark Hanna 1895 1 This quote clearly conveys how government and money are intertwined John C Calhoun spoke these words back in the nineteenth century The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts bestowed for the good of the country and not for the benefit of an individual party He further stated A power has risen up in government greater than the people themselves consisting of many and powerful interests combined into one mass held together by money The realization of what was happening was apparent even then even before todays advanced technological tool of power was even a dream He understood then There was great ability in concealing ability 5 Implications The implications of corruption from big business into the US government is evident everywhere from the news to the streets it is rampant Below is a graph depicting Halliburtons contributions towards federal parties and candidates Dick Cheney the current Vice-President of the United States of America was the chairman for Halliburton from 1995-2000 he resigned when he was nominated to be George W Bushs
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