Paul H. Douglas Quotes

I was just visited by a constituent of mine who runs a company that provides services that your agency might use and I would like someone to meet and tell them if there are any opportunities for them. I personally do not know the quality of their work, and I of course do not want any special favor or consideration for them. I have told them that I will only help them identify Federal opportunities but to win any work they must be the best company and the low bidder.

Typically then and now, members of Congress would have their staffs call Federal officials implying endorsement for constituent companies, and if a contract ensued would imply to the constituent that the member had something to do with it. In some cases, they would pressure the agency to award contracts to their constituents. Douglas had the highest ethical standards and was unique in that he made the calls himself so that he should personally tell the official that there should be no special treatment for his constituent and would personally tell the constituent that other than helping them find Federal business opportunities, he would not be of additional assistance.
Paul H. Douglas
Paul H. Douglas
  • Born: March 26, 1892
  • Died: September 24, 1976
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Paul Howard Douglas was an American politician and Georgist economist. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a U.S. Senator from Illinois for eighteen years, from 1949 to 1967. During his Senate career, he was a prominent member of the liberal coalition.

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