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Kentucky Becomes First the State to Ban Corporate Political Election Contributions

By August 3, 1891

Kentucky becomes first the state to ban corporate political election contributions. Section 150 of the Kentucky Constitution (Ratified on August 3, 1891 and revised on September 28, 1891) states:

[A]ny person who shall have offered, promised or given any money or other thing of value to influence the result of any election or the vote of any such voter, such corporation, if organized under the laws of this Commonwealth, shall, on conviction thereof, forfeit its charter and all rights, privileges and immunities thereunder; and if chartered by another State and doing business in this State, whether by license, or upon mere sufferance, such corporation, upon conviction of either of the offenses aforesaid, shall forfeit all right to carry on any business in this State […]