Bad Intentions, Good Results
My father sent me an article from the Houston Chronicle about Alexander Watkins Terrell, a Texas legislator from the late 1800's about whom I doubt any of us have ever heard. Among Terrell's many accomplishments was the authoring of the 1903 bill that first outlawed the use of corporate contributions in state political campaigns — the very law, now much amended, under which Tom DeLay has been indicted.
The article is a quick and interesting read about Texas politics and the not so warm and fuzzy (racist) intentions that gave rise to those initial 'reform' efforts.
No real point here, just thought it was interesting.