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The History of Tammany Hall. Gustavus Myers

The History of Tammany Hall
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Author: Gustavus Myers
Number of Pages: 134 pages
Published Date: 12 Sep 2013
Publisher: Theclassics.Us
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781230331843
Download Link: The History of Tammany Hall
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXII THE SWAY OF BKIBEBY AND "HONEST GEAFT" 1903-1905 GRAFT of all kinds was rampant, as later official investigation showed, in Tammany-controlled departments, but in the public mind the question of this form of graft was vastly overshadowed by the revelations of the New York legislative committee investigating the great life insurance companies. The disclosures showed that Republican legislators as well as Democratic were bought; that enormous corruption funds had been contributed to both political parties, and that one political machine was no better than the other. Bribery expenditures, the committee reported, were classified on the various insurance companies' books as "legal expenses." The committee described the amounts as extraordinarily large. In the year 1904 alone, the Mutual Life Insurance Company thus disbursed $364, 54.95; the Equitable Life Assurance Society, $172,698.42, and the New York Life Insurance Company, $204,019.25.1 Andrew C. Fields, long engaged by the Mutual Life Insurance Company to manipulate legislation at Albany, lived there in a sumptuously furnished house jocosely styled the "House of Mirth." The expenditures were charged to " legal expenses." The Mutual thus expended more than $2,000,000 in "legal expenses" from 1898 to i Report of the Nev> York Legislative Jnsurance Committee, 1906, Vol. X, p. 16. 1904.2 And from 1895 to 1904, the total payments made by the New York Life Insurance Company to Andrew Hamilton, its chief lobbyist at Albany, amounted to $1,312,197.16, all of which sum was soberly entered as " legal expenses." s A present of nearly $50,000 was contributed in 1894 by the New York Life Insurance Company to the campaign fund of the Republican National Committee, and similar..."

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