“. . . We must have complete and effective publicity of corporate affairs, so that the people may know beyond peradventure whether the corporations obey the law and whether their management entitles them to the confidence of the public. It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced. Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs . . . ”
via New Nationalism Speech by Theodore Roosevelt. This is a long speech by Theodore Roosevelt and written in a time before sound bites and ersatz opinion making. My time was well repaid in the reading of it. I hope yours will be, too.