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  •  In the Montana Capitol building... (16+ / 0-)

    ...there are two plaques located within feet of one another.  One memorializes Senator Clark as an early Montana patriot and citizen, entrepreneur and finally, two-term Montana Senator.  The other is to the editor of the Anaconda newspaper, who found evidence of massive corruption and bribery by William A, Clark in an earlier election that decided whether the state capitol would be in Anaconda (the home town of Clark's chief rival, Marcus Daly) or in Helena.  While the two plaques are located next to each other, they are on two sides of a projecting corner into the Rotunda, so that the bas-relief sculptures of the two men can't see each other.  You can only see both plaques by standing out in the Rotunda, looking back at the projecting corner.

    Later, both Marcus Daly and William A, Clark sold their copper interests and other land holdings to what became Anaconda Copper Company, initially part of the Standard Oil trust.  The prohibition on corporate money in Montana elections passed just in time.

    The Scout Law (trustworthy, loyal, helpful...) is a GREAT liberal manifesto.

    by DaytonMike on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 03:50:52 PM PDT

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    •  Hmmm, Never Noticed (0+ / 0-)

      In the Rotunda itself, three men who brought the corporations to their knees are memorialized.  Most important is Thomas J. Walsh -- the man who started the People's Power League and put a set of initiatives on the ballot.  One initiative was the Corrupt Practices Act of 1912.

      Another initiative was a straw poll to send Walsh to Washington as Montana's Senator.  The entire country benefited when Senator T.J. Walsh uncovered and assured prosecution of the corrupt officials responsible for the Tea Pot Dome Scandal.  

      He hated corruption no matter where he found it.

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