BUSINESS IN POLITICS: Out of the Background onto the Stump

GET into politics," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told its members a fortnight ago—its first appeal for businessmen to work directly in political organizations. Chamber President William A. McDonnell advised them just how: "We must roll up our sleeves and get to work at the precinct and ward levels where political decisions are made and officeholders chosen." McDonnell's words underlined a significant change in business thinking about politics. In the past, many a businessman and corporation has played a part in making political decisions and choosing officeholders. But the influence has more often been exerted behind the scenes than...

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