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: 6 of 27
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representatives of the press, to go upon the floor of the Senate
Chamber or House of Representatives while the Legislature is in session.
Infractions of the law should be made punishable by both fine and imprisonment.
FREE PASSES AND FRANXKS.
The present practice of the railroads and other corporations in giving
free passes and franks to the public officials and influential citizens has
growni to be an evil so great, and a discrimination so unjust, that it
stands almost without a defender. The people have demanded the
correction of this evil many times, and upon this subject the platform
of the political party recently endorsed by the voters contains the following
"We favor the enactment by the next Legislature of a statute prohibitino
the issuance of free passes or the giving of free transportation,
franks or passes in any form by railroads or other corporations within
this State, except to those employed by said corporations and their
families, the indigent poor for whom application is made by religious
or charitable organizations, and to sheriffs, rangers and other peace
officers, whose duties are to execute criminal process. And we request
the next Governor of this State to keep the Legislature in session, if
necessary by extraordinary call, until such a law as is demanded be
The platform has named the exceptions from the operation of the
law demanded. Efforts may be made to extend these exceptions on
various plausible pleas, and it is respectfully urged that no modification
or further exception can be made without impairing the value of
the law, and defeating the plain object sought by the people.
Measures to abolish the free pass evil call for immediate attention and
prompt and decisive action.
The passenger rate now paid by those not favored with free passes
should and I recommend that the same be reduced to 2 cents per mile.
The present and growing volume of passenger traffic in Texas warrants
CORPORATION CONTRIBUTIONS TO CAMPAIGN FUNDS.
No corporation holding a charter or enjoying a permit to do business.
in this State should be permitted to divert its corporate funds to influence
elections, to the corruption of the ballot box, or to the support of
a lobby to influence legislation. The disclosures resulting from investigations
in other States and this dangerous and vicious practice known
to have been indulged in our own State admonish us that the demand of
the people that this evil be corrected must be speedily met.
All corporations are creatures of the government, and as such should
enjoy no privilege inconsistent with sound business principles and the
general good. Under corporate cover the insolvent corporation may,
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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/m1/6/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .