The Supreme Court having thrown Campaign Reform laws back one hundred years or more, we take a look at the influence of corporate money on elections, one century past, via the the editorial cartoons found in the September 1912 issue of Cartoons Magazine.
Above, the front cover, with inset cartoon by Harry J. Westerman.
Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.
Below, Woodrow Wilson‘s refusal of Corporate money, depending instead on donations from individuals (whether he actually kept to that, I do not know). Cartoons by James E. Murphy, Charles Lewis Bartholomew (“Bart”), John Campbell Cory, Frank Michael Spangler, Alfred West Brewerton, and others.
Above, by Ryan Walker pictures a court ruled by money.
Below, a final page of corporate control. By Harry J. Westerman, Robert Minor, Jr., and others — including Favors Always for the Few, depicting John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and the Corporate Trusts in general, riding atop the G.O.P. Elephant, which feeds them from a picnic basket labeled “Privilege”, while crushing the crowd of common workers beneath it feet.
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