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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it. Georg C. Lichtenberg
When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place. Lawrence Lessig
Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. James Madison
It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. John Maynard Keynes
The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries. John Adams
We all know we are unique individuals, but we tend to see others as representatives of groups. Deborah Tannen
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce
Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests. C. Wright Mills
Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world. Emma Goldman
Barack Obama is a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. Cornel West
Sadly we have government of the lobbyists, by the lobbyists, and for the lobbyists. That is no way to run the Senate. Ted Cruz
Spin laws into gold. Sam Wilkin
He [Donald Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes. Rand Paul
Many of these [big political] donors are my friends. Those people are not like charities ... They Want. These are total tough cookies. When they give millions and millions of dollars, they're not doing it for the good of the American Cancer Society. They're doing it for themselves. Donald Trump
Within a market, organizations have interests distinct from and often antagonistic to the market processes that produced and sustain them. Gus DiZerega
Arrogantly demanding their rights, activist gays and lesbians have become a militant voice in American politics, influencing elections and affecting the policies of high government leaders. Their public demonstrations and political lobbying have fooled many in our country into believing that they deserve special status. William R. Bright
Five years ago, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision in the Citizens United case told the richest people in America, "You already control the economy of the country. We are now going to let you control the political system as well". Bernie Sanders
... the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. Voltaire
The validity of doctrine does not depend on whose ox it gores. John Marshall Harlan
Private interests often keep up Customs and Privileges, when the reasons of them are ceased John Locke
Spending limits not only do not work, they have the perverse effect of making special interests more powerful and more influential. Haley Barbour
The present national situation is such that the man who becomes its leader has no alternative to a complete dependence on one single faction, save the complete renunciation of authority, The last is what I choose Jose de San Martin
Even though Senator Cranston was one of the most liberal members of the Senate, most of the time I was with him he was on the phone asking rich men for money….His ideals were as wonderful as any, but at the end of the day, he was still beholden to money. Tom Morello
We bought the son of a bitch, but he didn't stay bought. Henry Clay Frick
Money. All these guys care about is money. They want money. How much money have we given them? George W. Bush
George W. Bush is the mascot of crony capitalism. Molly Ivins
The EU Constitution sets a path towards the elimination of nation states and the emergence of a European state in the strictest sense of the word. I'm definitely opposed to it… The EU isn't a loving family of European nations where everyone altruistically cares for everyone else. Various interests clash on various issues, and all kinds of coalitions are struck to push through specific solutions Lech Kaczynski
There’s a real fundamental need for us. You think we have a bad system now? Without us lobbyists, just see what kind of government we would have them Paul Miller
Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don't believe there is any royal road to attain such accommodation concretely Learned Hand
Government exists to protect the interests of the powerful from the will of the people. Vince Taylor
Polluter pork is thriving in Washington. Lexi Shultz
Industries who profit by the rape of our environment see to it that legislators friendly to their attitudes are elected, and that bureaucrats of similar attitude are appointed. Roderick A. Cameron
The man who has given himself to his country loves it better; the man who has fought for his friend honors him more; the man who has labored for his community values more highly the interests he has sought to conserve; the man who has wrought and planned and endured for the accomplishment of God's plan in the world sees the greatness of it, the divinity and glory of it, and is himself more perfectly assimilated to it. Richard Salter Storrs
The Press, which is mostly controlled by vested interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion. Albert Einstein
Our land laws were framed by the landed interests for the advantage of the landed interest, and foreign policy was directed by that interest to the same end. Randolph Churchill
How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the whole earth, were it not for misgovernment, and a diversion of all his energies from their proper object -- the happiness of man -- to the selfish interest of kings, nobles, and priests. Thomas Jefferson
Do not be frightened into their surrender by the alarms of the timid, or the croakings of wealth against the ascendancy of the people. Thomas Jefferson
An elected representative is not tied in any substantial way to particular policies, whatever the preferences of the electorate. Influence on the politician is greatest at the time of election. Once elected, the representative is released from popular control but continues to be exposed to powerful pressure groups, especially corporations, state bureaucracies and political party power brokers Brian Martin
A liberal doesn’t sell out to the special interests. George McGovern
The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others. Theodore Roosevelt
It's clear the defense contractors are getting their money's worth out of congress, but are we? Anonymous
One handful of money is stronger than two handfuls of truth. Anonymous
The principal reasons that special interests can extract their price from government is money .... Those who do not accept money from PACs are those who have other sources. James G. Abourezk
How few aim at the good of the whole, without aiming too much at the prosperity of the parts! John Adams
When the legislature is corrupted, the people are undone. John Adams
This, Mr. Chairman, is a proposition to establish there [in Tupelo, MS] a [Federal] fish hatchery. We have the ideal place for a fish hatchery. Why, sir, fish will travel over land for miles to get into the water we have at Tupelo. Thousands and millions of unborn fish are clamoring to this Congress this day for an opportunity to be hatched at the Tupelo hatchery. John Mills Allen
State legislatures tend to be dominated by suburban and rural interests. William J. Althaus
It is very important at this juncture to eliminate the influence of big money and special interests in politics. John Anderson
PACs represent thousands of little people. Beryl Anthony
Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly ever of the public interest. Aristotle
When I have to choose between voting for the people or voting for the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget. Henry F. Ashurst
When we have congressmen and top state politicians all working together with powerful interests, what have we got to fight against them? Not much, except to ask for justice. George Aubid Jr.
If you want to be President, you'll have to remain poor. Bernard Baruch
There seems to be something sacrosanct about big business. Bernard Baruch
The efficiency label may frequently mask special benefits for special interests. The real questions should be more qualitative ones. Who will be affected? In what ways? David Bazelon
Members of state legislatures are owned by doctors and lawyers. That's why workers' compensation cannot be solved. Anthony Beilenson
I have never regarded politics as an arena of morals. It is the arena of interests. Aneurin Bevan
The special interest is the other buy’s interest and general interest is your own. Jagdish Bhagwati
Public investigating committees formed from the people themselves of from their public representatives ... have always been opposed by groups that seek or have special privileges. The spokesmen of these greedy groups never rest in their opposition to exposure of publicity. That is because special privilege thrives in secrecy and darkness and is destroyed by rays of pitiless publicity. Hugo Black
Priorities are set by legislators, regulators and industry interests. The consumer gets the left-overs. James Blaszak
Special interests and Congress are too closely connected and the ties that bind are the millions spent on campaigns. David L. Boren
The task of weaning various people and groups from the national nipple will not be easy. The sound of whines, bawls, screams and invective will fill the air as the agony of withdrawal pangs finds voice. Linda Bowles
I've never taken one cent from a savings and loan. I've never taken one cent from an oil company ... Barbara Boxer
The conflict between the policies of the administration and the desires of the financiers of big business is an irreconcilable one. Concessions to the big business interests must, in the end, prove futile. Louis D. Brandeis
There's no interest more special than yours. Cary Brazeman
No, but it can be rented. John Breaux
We need people willing to do things because they are doing what is right, not because some powerful trade association wants it done. Richard C. Breeden
Politics is about power, and it is about group power. Tony Brown
Our present financial condition is without parallel in history. No nation has ever before been embarrassed from too large a surplus in its Treasury. James Buchanan
... the trouble is, once you give in to a Voting Bloc, you become an addict. Just about every politician in New York is a political junkie. William F. Buckley Jr.
All power will infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other. Edmund Burke
It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them. Edmund Burke
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. Edmund Burke
The power of the crown, almost dead and rotten as prerogative, has grown up anew, with much more strength and far less odium, under the name of influence. Edmund Burke
[Describing "political alienation:" The feeling that politics is a racket for a few insiders and is meaningless to the rest of the people. James MacGregor Burns
America’s real majority is suffering a minority complex of neglect. They have become the real foes of Negro rights, foreign aid, etc, because … they feel forgotten, at the second table behind the tightly organized smaller groups at either end of the U. S. spectrum. Horace Busby
Posterity will give a man a fair hearing; his own times will not do so if he is attacking vested interests. Samuel Butler
Women are not a special interest group in the usual sense of the term. We are half the population. Virginia Anne Carabillo
One man shall have one vote. John Cartwright
We've got a thousand lobbyists in thousand dollar suits giving you a thousand reasons we can't change. James Carville
People correctly perceive that the most powerful thing in Washington is money. James Carville
Commerce is the greatest of all political interests. Joseph Chamberlain
Reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it. John Jay Chapman
The worst enemy of good government is not our ignorant foreign voter [immigrants], but our educated domestic railroad president, our prominent business man, our leading lawyer. John Jay Chapman
In Congress we face the possibility of radical cuts based on nothing save grand compromises over what parochial interests need to be satisfied. Dick Cheney
If you ever saw a cat and a dog eating out of the same plate, you can bet your ass it was the cat's food. William Clay
There are people and interests that do not want change. It is not in their interest for this system to change. Hillary Clinton
Wherever you have votes, you have power. Tony Coelho
Every single change is fought by those who would be affected by it. Norman B. Coleman
We're frightened by the interest groups. We act like silly nincompoops. We can't make cuts that cause some sting. We can not even do a thing. Silvio O. Conte
In their hours of timidity the Congress becomes subservient to the importunities of organized minorities that the President comes more and more to stand as the champion of the rights of the whole country. Calvin Coolidge
Both major political parties have long since been seized by the same powerful group of manipulators. Charles E. Coughlin
I was dismayed by ... the terrible divisiveness isolating so many citizens from the great American community that makes us a people rather than an assortment of factions. William J. Crowe Jr.
A majority of Senators placed on the Committee on Interstate Commerce were men whose sympathies were with the railroads. Shelby M. Cullom
I give special consideration to everybody. Alphonse D'Amato
We have an access problem; the wrong people have the access. Mitch Daniels
Almost every special interest lobby was organized to prevent reform. Richard G. Darman
GOP seems to stand for Gas, Oil, and Plutonium. Tom Daschle
It is in the committee that the dirty work is done ... away from the many-eyed scrutiny of the rest of Congress and the public ... special interest legislation usually originates in the committee room. James Deakin
Politicians are becoming mouthpieces for other forces justifying the status quo. Remi DeRoo
Government is everywhere to a great extent controlled by powerful minorities, with an interest distinct from that of the mass of the people. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
What is crime among the multitude is only vice among the few. Benjamin Disraeli
We are not being invited to speak [and be paid honoraria] because of our forensic abilities ... or because we have some fantastical insights to offer. We are being invited because we sit on a committee that involves legislation that affects those interests. Christopher Dodd
Never in the history of American politics has there been a constituency so popular but with so little political clout as the American family. Christopher Dodd
It's not difficult for a business to launch thousands of pieces of mail on Capitol Hill, and that scares ... everyone. Bryan L. Dorgan
Congress is as addicted to tobacco money as a heavy smoker is to the nicotine in his Marlboros. Clifford Douglas
We want political power in our country for our philosophy of life. This means we've got to get involved more and more in politics. David Duke
The real guarantee of freedom is an equilibrium of social forces in conflict, not the triumph of any one force. Max Eastman
Our taxes reflect a continuing struggle among contending interests for the privilege of paying the least. Louis Eisenstein
Health-care policy is choked by an aristocracy of special interests. If we don't take these groups on and rein in costs, health care will continue to bleed our economy white. Alain C. Enthoven
[Martin] Luther was guilty of two great crimes. He struck the Pope in his crown and the monks in their bellies. Desiderius Erasmus
Is not this fact enough to alarm the American people. A bank in the heart of the Republic with its branches scattered over the Union; wielding $200 million of capital; owning an immense amount of real property; holding at its command 100,000 debtors; buying up our newspapers, entering the field of politics; attempting to make Presidents and Vice Presidents for the country. George Evans
No deals for jobs, no deals for contributions. What you see is what you get. Rudolph W. Giuliani
As one voice must labor speak—to reward its friends and punish its enemies. Samuel Gompers
The biggest polluters have a back door into the policy making process of the White House. Al Gore
I needed the good will of the legislatures of four states. I formed the legislative bodies with my own money. I found it was cheaper that way. Jay Gould
Constituent demands must take a back seat to the safety of ... constituents as a whole. Edwin J. Gray
Political reactions from Wall Street, whether they [are] right of wrong, could eventually influence the real economy. William Greider
There are two Americas. One which influences government and economic policy and the other which must live with the results. William Greider
The people who make the most noise get the most publicity. Interest groups do count as opposed to data and rationality. Sarah Fox
As in law so in war, the longest purse finally wins. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The insurance industry has proven by expenditure ... and its legions of pin-striped lawyers, that it is capable of tying up the will of the people. John Garamendi
The party or sect that will suffer by the triumph of injustice cannot exist with safety to mankind. William Lloyd Garrison
vested interest Henry George
Never in history has so much been done, so fast, for so few, at the expense of so many. Richard A. Gephardt
Rich people are powerful in wealth but few in votes. Ray Flynn
[Milwaukee in 1912] was in the grasp of the sinister and slimy hand of special interests, dive-keepers, crooked contractors, petty racketeers, and political bosses. The city was then as graft-ridden as any other. Daniel Webster Hoan
It is probably true that business corrupts everything it touches. It corrupts politics, sports, literature, art, labor unions and so on. But business also corrupts and undermines monolithic totalitarianism. Capitalism is at its liberating best in a non-capitalistic environment. Eric Hoffer
Mere law cannot reform Congress.... We must amend the Constitution to limit terms. Imagine the intellectual honesty and political courage that would be brought to bear on national problems, when men and women entering Congress knew with certainty they could not build a career in that place by currying favor with special interest groups. Gordon J. Humphrey
We have done nothing yet—I regret to see no national feeling in the majority of Congress—everyone appears to be engrossed with the interest alone of his own section of the country—so long as this feeling predominates, it will be unfortunate for our nation. Andrew Jackson
The rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Andrew Jackson
Even tiny special interests are made up of people whose votes are important to someone. Brooks Jackson
Nothing happens in America without pressure. John E. Jacob
Our democratic system was put in place before we had democratic ideals. The system now provides a playground for special interests, and its democratic structure makes reforms difficult. Pana Janviroj
When you see a situation you cannot understand, look for the financial interest. Tom L. Johnson
In a free government the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights ... security in both cases will depend on the number and interests and sects. James Madison
Could any thing in theory be more pernicious improvident and injudicious than this submission of the will of the majority to the most trifling minority? James Madison
I represent whomever I work for. Ronald C. Marlenee
Members of Congress like us for our information, but they love us for our money. Howard Marlowe
The public interest is more than the sum total of the interest groups. David Mathews
A democracy ... requires groups that assert all of society's interests, not just those of a small group. Tom Mathews
The national interest is not simply the sum of our special interests and attachments. Charles McC. Mathias Jr.
We forget that we all are the people; that while each of us in his group can shove off on the rest the bill of today, the debt is only postponed; the rest are passing it back to us. We have to pay in the end, every one of us. Samuel Sydney McClure
A society which is clamoring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no peace until all have chosen or gone under, unable to bear the conditions of choice. The stress is in our civilization. Margaret Mead
Pluralism has run wild. We have become so blinded by the notion that there is no national interest, only special interests, that we are incapable of pursuing policies designed to be of general benefit. John Meisel
All cause groups, left and right, depend on who’s attacking them. Tanya Metaksa
It is not much to be wondered at if impatient or disappointed reformers, groaning under the impediments opposed to the most salutary public improvements by the ignorance, the indifference, the intractableness, the perverse obstinacy of a people, and the corrupt combinations of selfish private interests armed with the powerful weapons afforded by free institutions, should at times sigh for a strong hand to bear down all these obstacles, and compel a recalcitrant people to be better governed. John Stuart Mill
One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who only have interests. John Stuart Mill
One interest must be opposed to another interest. Vices, as they exist, must be turned against each other. Gouverneur Morris
When a president decides he's going to do something, a vast array of forces contrary to his purpose begin to organize to thwart him. Bill Moyers
A faction may beat a faction, at a pretty fair and even conflict; but in a fair and full contest, it can never beat the people. The great art of factions is to keep the decision from the body of the people. Samuel Langdon
A politician taking campaign money from gamblers in Nevada is like one taking campaign money from the auto people in Michigan. Gambling is our legal business. Paul D. Laxalt
Issue definition implies the possibility of offending various constituency or interest groups—but if you don't offend them, you'll offend the body politic. James Madison Leach
It's hard to mobilize various interest groups ... when its for the benefit of everyone. Joshua Lederberg
The munitions manufacturers and the war lords are in the saddle. William Lemke
GAO studies often put the lie to these lobbying vehicles. Jake Lewis
We have not fully pleased anybody and that's a good sign. Solomon Liss
The friends of domestic industry should meet annually to prepare the necessary legislation for Congress after discussing the measures and gathering the facts. [This was one of the earliest suggestions for a special interest legislative program. Friedrich List
An expert is someone who is capable of articulating the interests of people with power. Henry A. Kissinger
Coffin sales people would like to have a plague every year. Chinese Proverb
Everyone who lobbies represents someone’s particular point of view. John Edwards
The lobbyists have erected a brick wall around Washington DC—a wall that keeps them in and keeps you out. John Edwards
We Blacks have a long history of serving as cannon fodder for interests that are not our own. Mark P. Fancher
Any effective national effort seeking to stabilize our burgeoning numbers through reduction in fertility rates (or any other strategy for that matter) has to concurrently demonstrate to the electorate that livelihoods will not be adversely impacted and may even be enhanced. Peter H. Kostmayer
Rather than negotiate with the teachers’ unions and the trial lawyers and the various leftist interest groups, we intend to break them. Grover Norquist
Everything that you can imagine is going on is going on. Fred Wertheimer
Resist the temptation to exploit power for personal or group interests. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
In a democracy, not everyone gets what they want. Michael Bernard Mukasey
The elite interests must not crowd out the interests of the citizens. Obiageli Ezekwesili
Special interests are a roadblock wielding undue influence over policy makers. They seek to maintain short-term profits with little regard to either the long-term impact on the planet that will be inherited by our children and grand-children or the long-term economic well-being of our country. James E. Hanson
Communicating with the public seems to be essential, because public concern is probably the only thing capable of overcoming the special interests that have obfuscated the topic James E. Hanson
It’s the people verses the special interests and I’m going to fight this out till the end. Harry S Truman
Everybody has an agenda. Angela McGowan
The wisdom of the few may be the light of mankind, but the interest of the few is not the profit of mankind, nor of a commonwealth. James Harrington
A democracy is the name of a government of those who are ruling for their own advantage, in opposition to the rich, or to any specific people. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
The special interests drive both parties to their extremes. Karen Hughes
A tariff which cuts us off from our proper part in the commerce of the world, violates the just principles of taxation, and makes the Government a facile instrument in the hand of private interests; Woodrow Wilson
The great Government we loved has too often been made use of for private and selfish purposes. Woodrow Wilson
Beware of all men who would turn the tasks and the necessities of the nation to their own private profit or use them for the building up of private power. Woodrow Wilson
In a free government, the few, finding their schemes and views of interest borne down by the many, to gain the power they cannot constitutionally obtain, always endeavor to get it by cunning and corruption, conscious at the same time that usurpation, when once begun, the safety of the usurper consists only in grasping the whole. William Manning
Historians, studying us, will say that we allowed corporations to become the government. Michael Moore
No man limps because another is hurt. Danish Proverb
If I were writing the Bill of Rights now, there wouldn't be any such thing as the Second Amendment ... This has been one of the greatest pieces of fraud—I repeat the word fraud—on the American people, by special interest groups, that I have seen in my lifetime. Warren E. Burger
In a land where so many have a right to air their opinions and where so many interest are bound to collide and have to be reconciled, unanimity can hardly be expected. We were agreed on the evils but differed on the remedies, and amidst this contention of parties, the very zeal and energy of the best citizens became damaging to the public interest. Anton Reinhard Falck
Spending programs always and immediately create powerful political pressures to maintain and expand them generated by those who are the direct beneficiaries. John Steele Gordon
Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive; [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American... it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled Ronald Reagan
The legislation is made up down on K street Ernest F. Hollings
No group in this country should be permitted to influence our policy to the point it could endanger our national security James Forrestal
Nature has ordained that the man who is pleading his own cause before a large audience, will be more readily listened to than he who has no object in view other than the public benefit. Livy
There is spending in the tax code. Erskine Bowles
If, after a full and fair experiment shall be made of voting by ballot aforesaid, the same shall be found less conducive to the safety or interest of the State than the method of voting viva voce, it shall be lawful and constitutional for the legislature to abolish the same. New York State
This is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, which in too many cases has become so corporate and identified with corporate interests that you can't tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans Dennis Kucinich
It is hard for the Chinese to understand that our policies are in great part the result of a number of random actions of different domestic pressure groups and not part of an overall plan. Henry A. Kissinger
Tax reform is not for the faint-hearted. Al Hunt
I bend but do not break. Jean de La Fontaine
Self-interest speaks all sorts of tongues and plays all sorts of characters, even that of disinterestedness Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Frequent return to the bar of their Constituents is the strongest check against the corruptions to which men are liable, either from the intrigues of others of more subtle genius, or the propensities of their own hearts… Mercy Otis Warren
The depraved nature of man is well known. He has a natural bias toward his own interest, which will prevail ... unless checked. Patrick Henry
We have a Congress to serve the people who provide the money. Cecil Heftel
Any railroad corporation has infinitely more influence in any department of government than all the human beings that live in the territory that the railroad traverses. William Randolph Hearst
Unfortunately, public officials are largely controlled by the very corporations against which they should proceed. William Randolph Hearst
The people are weary of detecting the voice of a corporation manager in every political utterance, in the legislature, the Governor's messages, in the expressed opinions of mayors of cities and the Senators sent by the State to Washington, and even in the decisions of judges on the bench. William Randolph Hearst
Money speaks louder than words in Washington. Laurenellen McCann
The political danger of the Internet is that it becomes another tool for special interests. Peter D. Hart
You've got to pass legislation fast and not give the special interests time to cut you up. Tom Harkin
With shrinking resources, interest groups are pitted against each other. Daniel Hamburg
The interest of the State is in intimate connection with those of the rich individuals belonging to it. Alexander Hamilton
The minimum that most minimalists want leaves in place just the institutions who protect their interests. That's libertarians for you… Kim Stanley Robinson
This public movement against apartheid is a precious heritage of the world,. It was a struggle in which ordinary people, the grassroots, were able to counteract powerful interests and to force governments to change their policies – even to defeat governments which were unresponsive. A study of this movement is important for an understanding of the dynamics and power of nonviolent public action at local, national and international levels. The anti-apartheid or solidarity movement was composed of thousands of groups in many countries and communities, many of them in opposition to the policies of their governments. They were not centrally directed. Each group was independent and acted in the light of conditions in its own country or constituency. There was no coordination – except that at various conferences (for instance, those organized by the United Nations), groups from different countries were able to meet each other, exchange views, and possibly plan international campaigns. Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy
… the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics Theodore Roosevelt
The legislation of one nation is sometimes intentionally made to bear heavily upon the interests of another. That legislation, adapted, as it is meant to be, to the special interests of its own people, will often press most unequally upon the several component interests of its neighbors. John Quincy Adams
The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes. Felix Frankfurter
The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson Franklin D. Roosevelt
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people Theodore Roosevelt
We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world – no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men Woodrow Wilson
There is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty. M. Granger Morgan
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
The Department of Energy was created for one purpose: To obtain energy independence. Yet where are we? Allen West
The spree of big money campaigning—and the corruption that goes with it—seems guaranteed to worsen …. Campaign money handlers will keep pushing the limits wherever and however they can—and the integrity of our electoral system will pay the price. New York Times
Be alike independent of crowned-kings. money-kings, and land-kings. Abraham Lincoln
From Aristophanes to Aristotle, the attack on the demagogues always falls back on the one central question: in whose interest does the leader lead? Moses I. Finley
A world in which we can fully experience the benefits that a connected society brings remains out of reach. Vested interests all too often feel threatened by the modern world, and they are holding Scotland back. We want to change that. Finlay Archibald
Why should Americans who can't afford yachts 26 feet or more in length be taxed to subsidize those who can? It's a reverse Robin-Hood. Ira Stoll
You do not have to cut finds from the elderly sick and still keep the yacht subsidy; Connie Rice
The whole system is bribery. Jack Abramoff
The financial firms—the same ones who were involved in the 2008 meltdown—are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And frankly, they own the place. Richard Durbin
Officials are under a constant temptation to misuse their power for the private profit of themselves or others. Edward Bellamy
We have witnessed for more than a quarter of a century the struggles of the two great political parties for power and plunder, while grievous wrongs have been inflicted upon the suffering people. We charge that the controlling influences dominating both these parties have permitted the existing dreadful conditions to develop without serious effort to prevent or restrain them. Ignatius Donnelly
Donations to political parties, candidates and elected officials should not be a means to gain personal or policy favours or buy access to politicians or civil servants…. Political parties, candidates and politicians should disclose assets, income and expenditure to an independent agency. Transparency International
Political leaders, elected by the public and vested with the power to shape public life, owe it to citizens to set better standards regarding their use of money, and their conduct, both in and out of office. Robin Hodess
We are afraid that the Forestry Ministry will become another cash cow – for politicians Longgena Ginting
The loggers are more powerful than we are …. There is bribery everywhere. Malam Sambat Kaban
Lord Melbourne entirely agrees with your Majesty about appointments. He knows, as your Majesty does from experience, that with all the claims which there are to satisfy, with all the prejudices which are to be encountered, and with all the interests which require to be reconciled, it is impossible to select the best men, or even always those properly qualified. William Lamb
… the Church, whose natural interests allied it more to the great than to the meek … Barbara Tuchman
It is out of nature that any man should think it good that his own order should be repressed, curtailed, and deprived of its power. If we go among cab-drivers or letter-carriers, among butlers or gamekeepers, among tailors or butchers, among farmers or grazers, among doctors or attorneys, we shall find in each set of men a conviction that the welfare of the community depends upon the firmness with which they, — especially they, — hold their own. Anthony Trollope
No one likes to see redundancies at home at the same time as he sees a surge of imports from abroad. The temptation to succumb to political pressure, to make a special case or to give respite is often overwhelming. But to do so, except in response to clearly unfair trading practices, is to court disaster. The temporary measure frequently becomes the permanent fixture and the special case, a precedent for more. And by shielding industry from fair competition in the short-term, long term decline is guaranteed. Norman Tebbit
Be skeptical, question authority, be a rebel. Do not conform and don’t be ordinary. Remember, all human progress is the result of far-sighted people challenging orthodoxy, tradition and rich, powerful, vested interests. Peter Gary Tatchell
…in every city are found two diverse humors, and this arises from the fact that the common people desire neither to be commanded nor oppressed by the great, and the powerful men desire to command and oppress the people.. Niccolo Machiavelli
Of $350 billion that was used for good purposes let’s say that $50 billion was for improper purposes. I say, so what! Bandar Bin Sultan
American academia has a plethora of departments of Islamic Studies funded by Islamic governments, and geared to generating a positive image of their religion and culture … In America this is how things seem to work. If you pay for the chair then you pay for your image. Pandita Indrani; Pandita Indrani
America, Britain and most of the European countries may call themselves secular but they promote a Christian agenda along with their foreign policies. Pandita Indrani; Pandita Indrani
Never argue with a man whose job depends on his not being convinced. H. L. Mencken
Everyone has an interest in the economy: in how it functions, how well it functions, and in whose interests it functions. Jim Stanford
The common man is impelled and controlled by interests; the superior, by ideas. John Lancaster Spalding
It is unjust that the whole of society should contribute towards an expense of which the benefit is confined to a part of the society. Adam Smith
Every system which endeavors, either, by extraordinary encouragements, to draw towards a particular species of industry a greater share of the capital of the society than what would naturally go to it; or, by extraordinary restraints, to force from a particular species of industry some share of the capital which would otherwise be employed in it; is in reality subversive of the great purpose which it means to promote. Adam Smith
The government of an exclusive company of merchants is, perhaps, the worst of all governments for any country whatever. Adam Smith
The great affair, we always find, is to get money. Adam Smith
Every time there is a wave of new people coming into a political party, there has been an attempt to keep them out. David Keene
The very existence of the Nation was threatened. Threatened on all sides, from the interior and exterior. From the interior, by the sterile conflicts of politicians who sacrificed the country and their compatriots to their own interests. Nothing counted for them but power...and what the exercise of power could bring them. Fill their own pockets, exploit the Congo and the Congolese, this was their trademark. Given such examples, both national and provincial administrations were mired in inertia, inefficiency, and worse yet, corruption. At all levels, many of those in our country who held a morsel of public power allowed themselves to be corrupted, served individuals and companies who paid bribes and neglected the others... ...certain politicians, to maintain themselves in power or to regain it, did not hesitate to seek help from foreign powers... ...the social, economic and financial situation of the country is catastrophic Mobutu Sese Seko; Joseph Desire
Laws were passed, not only for national objectives but for individual cases, and laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt. Cornelius Tacitus
Of all the groups I dealt with, but I found religious leaders the most naive about politics. Maybe that is because so many came from sheltered backgrounds, or perhaps it is the result of a mistaken perception of the demands of Christian charity… Or most worrisome of all, they may simply like to be around power. Charles Colson
The special interests are protected in Washington and the public interest is submerged. John McCain
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
Labor: a man coins himself into his labor,—turns his day, his strength, his thought, his affection into some product which remains as the visible sign of his power; and to protect that, to secure that to him, to secure his past self to his future self, is the object of all government. There is no interest in any country so imperative as that of labor; it covers all, and constitutions and governments exist for that,—to protect and insure it to the laborer. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s not easy to get rid of tax loopholes. The reason they are there is that people wanted them there. Paul A. Volcker
There is but one special interest that we should be working for, and that would solve just about all of our problems, and that is our liberty. Ronald E. Paul
Special interests and the demented philosophy of conquest have driven most wars throughout history. Rarely has the cause of liberty, as it was in our own revolution, been the driving force. Ronald E. Paul
Washington is rigged to favor people who have an army of lobbyists. Elizabeth Warren
Powerful vested interests and the forces of conservatism are particularly strong where the observation of Christmas is concerned. John Alfred Ralph Pimlott
… a future where we promote the private sector and not the privileged sector. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. Ayn Rand
Between law and equity there is, perhaps there must always be, a considerable interval. Between law and absolute morality there is at times patent contradiction. The undue protection of class interests, the neglect of interests of large classes; the legislation which consults, chiefly and above all else, the profit of the legislator, whether he be king, or noble, or popular assembly; the legislation which postpones moral to material interests, and which makes havoc of man's highest good in order to gratify his lower instincts, his passing caprice, his unreasoning passion -- all this and much else appears to forbid enthusiasm for human law. Henry Parry Liddon
There is many a powerful voice in politics that represents but a small vote. Lewis F. Korns
Our country is wallowing in a miasma of political and class conflict, of greed and special interest, with regard to budget deficits, inflation and rising unemployment … Carl T. Rowan Jr.
Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Theodore Roosevelt
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. Theodore Roosevelt
You think the military-industrial complex is powerful in Washington? The Health Care complex spends 4 times as much on lobbying. Steve Brill
When Congress opens the government’s purse, the benefits flow to special interests rather than the public interest. Kishore Mahbubani
All corporatism - even when practiced in societies where hard work, enterprise and cooperation are as highly valued as in Korea - encourages inflexibility, discourages individual accountability, and risks magnifying errors by concealing them. Margaret Thatcher
All modern political parties and all modern party ideologies originated as a reaction on the part of special group interests fighting for a privileged status against liberalism. Ludwig von Mises
It's a maxim not to be despised, "Though peace be made, yet it's interest that keeps peace. Oliver Cromwell
Every restriction of trade creates vested interests that are from then onward opposed to its removal. Ludwig von Mises
In the United States, the two-party system of the old days is seemingly still preserved. But this is only a camouflage of the real situation. In fact, the political life of the United States . . . is determined by the struggle and aspirations of pressure groups. Ludwig von Mises
All modern political parties and all modern party ideologies originated as a reaction on the part of special group interests fighting for a privileged status … Ludwig von Mises
The mixing of politics and business not only is detrimental to politics, as is frequently observed, but even much more so to business. Ludwig von Mises
This was a pretty shameful day for Washington. Barack Obama
Liberty is best preserved, where the legislative power is lodged in several persons, especially if those persons are of different ranks and interests; for where they are of the same rank, and consequently have an interest to manage peculiar to that rank, it differs but little from a despotical government in a single person. Joseph Addison
In no form of government is there an absolute identity of interest between the people and their rulers Thomas Babington Macaulay
The time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action . . . I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now. Barack Obama
The only law Washington can be counted on to respect: It is the law of dispersed costs but concentrated benefits George Will
Our democratic system is slowly being corroded and eroded by the influence of PAC money. John Kerry
Not all special interest groups are bad. Robert Byrd
All you need is money, endurance, and powerful friends. And the more money the better. E. Howard Hunt
Each representative [Congressperson] is naturally going to feel that the problems of his state require special consideration, and it is the duty of the President to keep the balance and try to work out a program which will be beneficial to all and unfair to none. This can't be done unless you see conditions with your own eyes and talk to people in touch with them. Eleanor Roosevelt
… lobbyist-larded Washington Kevin Phillips
Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty; that our governments are too unstable; that the public good is disregarded in the conflict of rival parties; and that measures are too often decided, not according to rules of justice, and the rights of the minor party; but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.... James Madison
We are such a large country that it is sometimes hard for us to realize that we are one nation, and that the interests of one part of the country, though they may be at variance with other parts, must react on each other and are therefore of interest to all men and women everywhere in the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt
When it comes to health care, … the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the medical profession are well mobilized and understand the complexity of the system far better than the public at large, making them powerful obstacles to change. Desmond King
Companies … have a broader mandate than apparently the reformers want to give them in the political sphere. It is not only maximizing profits. It is advancing the economic interests of the corporation in many different ways. James Bopp Jr.
This [political fundraising] is a very sophisticated system … This is a legalized bribery system where no one has to say anything. I don’t have to say what I want—you [the politician] know what I want. Fred Wertheimer
Super PACs may be bad for America, but they’re good for CBS. Les Moonves
In the absence of a crisis, the status quo in Washington is more or less set in cement, as advocacy groups and turf-conscious government officials are able to thwart change. Jordan Tama
Let’s not forget that expert opinion is for sale. Arianna Huffington
A power has arisen up in the Government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks. John C. Calhoun
In contriving any system of government, and fixing the several checks and controls of the constitution, every man ought to be supposed a knave, and to have no other end, in all his actions, than private interest. David Hume
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are blindly adopted; the second wilfully preferred. George Bancroft
In dealing with those who share his bed, the enlightened ruler may enjoy their beauty but should not listen to their special pleas... Han Fei
One of the problems that we have in the human rights community is that special interests often forget the interests of other victims, and there’s competition among victims expressions that are unnecessary. Alfred Maurice de Zayas
The existence of an immensely powerful military-industrial complex constitutes a danger to democracy, both internationally and domestically, because it follows its own logic and operates independently of popular participation. Alfred Maurice de Zayas
… men who are governed by self-interest will combine, whether white or black, and the generous and selfless will similarly unite Jose Marti
Men have no special right because they belong to one race or another: the word man defines all rights. Jose Marti
Everything changes. . . . Social life changes, and with it the "national question" changes, too. At different periods different classes enter the arena, and each class has its own view of the "national question." Consequently, in different periods the "national question" serves different interests and assumes different shades, according to which class raises it, and when. Joseph Stalin
It is easier to fix roads and train police than to change the deep-rooted incentives and habits of those in power. Jason K. Stearns
… There’s a lot of [tobacco industry] financial clout up here, and they do their best to reward their friends and punish their enemies …. They’re not really trying to accomplish an agenda, they’re just trying to stop one from ever being mounted against them. Michael Synar
Presidents tend to promote policies with grand nationalizing themes, whereas Congress is more at home with shapeless compromises agreeable to interest groups and geographic constituencies. David R. Mayhew
They could care less about the public. The public comes in third. Number one is keeping their power. Number two are the special interests, the people footing the bill. Finally, the public good might be third — if they can profit from it. If there's no profit, they could care less. Jesse Ventura
Since the business of politics is the conciliation of differing interests, justice must not merely be done, but to be seen to be done. Bernard Crick
Party politics in modern democratic society means pandering to a wide variety of different groups and sympathizing with their often quite base motives, such as revenge, power, booty, and spoils, to maintain the necessary level of support. Randal Marlin
A Vote for Davis & Bryan is a Vote Against Special Privilege. Remember Tea-Pot Dome. John W. Davis
I have been much impressed in my experience at Washington, by the way, with the infernal selfishness which is so evident at the hearings on the tariff questions. Too many of our people are "after theirs" in the tariff problems, but equally insistent that other lines of business--producing materials they must buy--should get out on the free trade limb. Arthur Capper
There are many who say in effect that public opinion has little to do with war, that it is explained by the influence of the vested interests who profit by it — armament makers or groups of capitalists. But even when we have admitted that those interests do exert great influence, it only pushes the question further back. Why are the mass of men, millions, powerless in this matter as against a tiny minority … who profit by the general disaster? There are undoubtedly some who say to the millions in effect: "We should like you to go to war because it would expand our profits." But why do the millions obey? Norman Angell
I entered the House of Commons in 1832. The moral standard of legislation has been raised; that of personal conduct lowered. . . William E. Gladstone
In the Moslem East all Christian interests are inseparable. The misfortune of one does not make for the good fortune of the rest. Auguste Gauvain
Special interests and their allies in Congress will claim that these guidelines will crush the economy and kill jobs. Let’s face it. That’s what they always say. Barack Obama
Not the number of noses, but the magnitude of interests, should furnish the elements by which the proportion of representation should be computed...The classes that represent civilization, the holders of accumulated capital and accumulated thought have a right to require securities to protect them from being overwhelmed by hordes who have neither knowledge to guide them nor stake in the Commonwealth to control them. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
When you are confronted with a genuine emergency, then I think you have to look at the interest of the country first. John Anderson
The Republican and Democratic parties are alike capitalist parties — differing only in being committed to different sets of capitalist interests. Eugene V. Debs
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
Secession was dangerous and contrary to the concept of democracy. If democracy is to work, there must be acceptance by all parties in the results of an election and in majority rule. Secession allowed a minority of the citizens to overturn the results of an election, subvert the will of the majority, and shut down the process of give and take between competing interests in a constitutional republic as envisioned by the founders. Todd Groce
Treason is a strong word but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful. Indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be, and vastly more dangerous interests that manipulate the prosperity produced by all, so that it heaps up riches for a few. . David Graham Phillips
Washington faces a simple choice: allow the Internet to remain as an engine of innovation, a platform for speech in even the harshest tyrannies, and a unified connection for people across the globe—or cede control of the Internet to service providers motivated by their parochial interests. Marvin Ammori
The greatest issue before the people—the question of special privilege and unequal distribution of wealth. Ida Tarbell
The struggle over waterpower is simply another chapter in the everlasting conflict between “the few” and “the many” …. I stand for the Roosevelt policies because they set the common good of all of us against the private gain of some of us. Gifford Pinchot
Having a firearm in your home, not only doesn’t protect you, but it puts you at 300 percent more risk that someone in your family will be killed in a homicide and 500 percent more likely that someone in your family will be killed by suicide…. The NRA didn’t like the fact that the research, very legitimate, high quality research, showed that having a gun in your home put’s you at more risk and it doesn’t protect you. Mark Rosenberg
Special interests are interested in whatever's special to them. P. J. O'Rourke
In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We assemble parliaments and councils, to have the benefit of their collected wisdom; but we necessarily have, at the same time, the inconvenience of their collected passions, prejudices and private interests. Benjamin Franklin
Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason. Benjamin Franklin
There are three things that are important in politics today: money, money and money. John Kasich
The single biggest unexplained reason for long term lower growth is that the financial system has stopped serving the real economy and now serves mainly itself. Rana Foroohar
Neither nor Stalin saw the point of including an enfeebled, half-occupied, riven China. China would serve as a symbolic marker for the future; the world he [FDR] imagined would not forever be dominated by whites. Joseph Lelyveld
You can’t just wave a magic want and have the special interests disappear …. I have the scars to prove it. Hillary Clinton
Surrounded by the evidence of their success, the wealthy come to believe that they are fundamentally better than other Americans and that working people deserve their declining fortunes. They trumpet meritocracy while ensuring that their children enjoy crushing advantages from birth. They have unprecedented access to politicians and use it to push policies that swell their wealth while defunding institutions, such as public education, that sustain opportunities for less-fortunate Americans. Ganesh Sitaraman
The fact that the alcohol lobby doesn’t want a particular kind of research to go forward should be a strong reason to fund it immediately” Nicholas G. Evans
When we're told, "You have to find $750 billion to cut", and we say "OK, we can do that; ....the Congress shouldn't turn around and say, "Not in my district" or "Not my weapons system". Martin E. Dempsey
If you want to really change something, do not try to fight the existing reality. create a new reality. R. Buckminster Fuller