I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Citizens United, the decision in the recent SCOTUS case that allows corporations to donate money to political campaigns, is way off in its reasoning and its historical facts.
Just happened to run across the following in my research:
"Higgins Suggests Insurance Reforms: Election Reform," New York Times, (4 January 1906), p. 7:
"Political contributions by business corporations are illegal and ultra vires. ... The practice is morally as well as legally wrong. ... I recommend that the making of political payments by corporations be made a penal offense."
The author of such blasphemy? New York governor Frank W. Higgins.