Much to do has been made in recent years about how politicians back Wall Street interests. Sadly this is nothing new.
“Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street.” ~ Mary Ellen Lease (Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, page 288)
Mary Ellen Lease was from Kansas. A Populist reformer. Speaking in 1890. Over a hundred years ago.