Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Political parties; Politicians

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, Not dated. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

Political Ethics

When a man or woman is elected to a responsible public office he becomes a servant of all the people in his constituency. He cannot honestly serve the people if he is in the employment of outside interests.

Under our party system we have party committees to finance campaigns, raise money for travel expenses, radio, T.V., newspaper advertising and other party expenses. Party committees have finance chairmen and finance subcommittees. All funds received and expended are supposed to be carefully accounted for and reported to the proper authorities both State and National.

All candidates for national office, the President, Vice President, Senators and Congressmen make individual reports on personal receipts and expenditures as do the National Committees. Contributions from corporations, labor unions and federal employees are prohibited. Contributions from individuals to the National Committee are limited to $5000.00.

The objective of all these rules and regulations is to have public officials without obligation to special interests.

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