Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906. Page: 3 of 27
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(House Journal, January 24, 1907.)
Mr. Duncan moved that 3000 copies of Governor Campbell's message
be printed in pamlphlet form for the use of the members, same to be paid
for out of the contingent fund.
Mr. Jennings moved to amend the motion by adding the State
The amendment was accepted, and the motion as amended was
It was so ordered.
AUSTIN, TEXAS, January 16, 1907.
T'o the IHouse of Rdpresentatives:
Honest government, fidelity to the Constitution and the lasting welfare
of the State should be the aim of all.
Upon those who value that freedom vouchsafed by constitutional
government the duties and obligations of official station weigh most
heavily. In the commission sought and accepted by the public servant
are involved the responsibilities he voluntarily assumed, and the motives
actuating him, as well as the measure of his patriotism, are determined
bv his conduct.
The members of the present Legislature and( Executive have been
vested with well-defined political power, this power comes by grant from
the people, and they have the right to expect that it will be exercised for
their benefit and in obedience to their ascertained will.
The will of the people is ascertained through expression given at the
ballot box and by the platform declarations of the political party entrusted
with the administration of the affairs of government.
The entire State administration and all members of the Legislature,
with few exceptions, were elected upon a platform announcing principles
and containing pledges that are of binding force with every official
worthy of a place in the Democratic household. Platform demands
should not be lost in the mazes of selfishness and sophistry, or ground
under the heel of a corporate lobby. Wre can in reason indulge the hope
that a Democratic Legislature and Executive can and will be able to give
full expression and meaning to Democratic integrity by keeping every
promise made to the people.
After reaffirming those fundamental principles which sustain our
social fabric and upon which our governmental structure rests, the
platform demands the enactment of effective laws:
1. To define and prohibit lobbying.
2. To prohibit the issuance of free passes or the giving of free
transportation, franks or free privileges in any form by railroads or
other corporations within this State; with certain exceptions named.
3. To prohibit corporations from contributing to the campaign
expenses of any party or individual, or to secure the adoption or defeat
of any measure submitted to a vote of the people.
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Campbell, Thomas Mitchell. Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906., book, January 16, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5859/m1/3/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .