CHAPTER 22Unequal Influence

The resources in the treasury of a business corporation... are not an indication of popular support for the corporation’s political ideas. They reflect instead the economically motivated decisions of investors and customers. The availability of these resources may make a corporation a formidable political presence, even though the power of the corporation may be no reflection of the power of its ideas.

—U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr.1

THE PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO KNOW IF THEIR PRESIDENT IS A CROOK,” U.S. PRESIdent Richard Nixon told a national television audience on November 11, 1973, when asked at a press conference if donations from the dairy industry had caused him to reverse his position on dairy price ...

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