National Affairs: Shrewd

Now that successful businessmen have found politics a suitable field for extra-commercial activity, how might a wealthy manufacturer combine business with politics while running for office?

One way might be as follows, in simple steps:

1) Plan an advertising campaign for one's product.

2) Explain to each publication to which contracts were awarded that, in return for the advertising one was buying, one would expect, and even insist, that the newspaper would give publicity to one's political campaign.

Some such scheme appeared to have been employed shrewdly in behalf of Robert M. Leach of Taunton,...

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