Edmund Burke Quotes

It is impossible for me, with any agreement to my sense of propriety, to accept any sort of compensation for services which I may endeavor to do upon a public account.

 
Context
In the letter, he was refusing a donation of five hundred guineas for his efforts in Parliament on behalf of the persecuted Roman Catholics of Ireland. Compare this view with the modern American practice of accepting—and aggressively soliciting—campaign contributions. The ethical distinction modern politicians make argues that the campaign contribution does not benefit the politician personally but contribute to his/her political principles having an opportunity to be reflected in the laws of the land. However, critics argue that the campaign contribution helps the politician get of keep his/her job, the income of which is usually far higher than average. Further, much of the “campaign money” pays for the personal conveniences of the politician and his/her family. In some cases, politicians who retire simply take personally unspent campaign contributions. Critics such as Senator John McClain see the campaign contributions in the perspective of Burke—see {628852} and {628832}.
Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke
  • Born: January 12, 1729
  • Died: July 9, 1797
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Statesman

Edmund Burke was an Irish statesman born in Dublin, as well as an author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, who after moving to London in 1750 served as a member of parliament (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons with the Whig Party.