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Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United

Author: Zephyr Teachout
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
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"When Louis XVI presented Benjamin Franklin with a snuff box encrusted with diamonds and inset with the King's portrait, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to "corrupt" Franklin by clouding his judgment or altering his attitude toward the French in subtle psychological ways. This broad understanding of political corruption--rooted in ideals of civic virtue--was a driving force at the Constitutional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zephyr Teachout
ISBN: 9780674050402 0674050401
OCLC Number: 875999670
Description: viii, 376 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Four snuff boxes and a horse --
Changing the frame --
Removing temptations --
Yazoo --
Is bribery without a remedy? --
Railroad ties --
The forgotten law of lobbying --
The gilded age --
Two kinds of sticks --
The jury decides --
Operation Gemstone --
A West Virginia state of mind --
Citizens United --
The new snuff boxes --
Facts in exile, complacency, and disdain --
The anticorruption principle --
Conclusion --
Appendix 1: Anticorruption constitutional provisions --
Appendix 2: Major nineteenth- and twentieth-century anticorruption laws.
Responsibility: Zephyr Teachout.

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When Louis XVI gave Ben Franklin a diamond-encrusted snuffbox, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to corrupt him by clouding his judgment. By contrast, in 2010 the Supreme Court gave  Read more...

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