Was Nixon the founder of corruption, or so asked K1 after a discussion in school on the topic. As much as some people might like to think so, it is unfortunately not the case. Coincidentally, I found the following from WaPo on the trial of Tom DeLay:
... Thomas Jefferson's 1816 remark that "I hope we shall . . . crush in its birth the aristocracy of monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid deiance to the laws of our country."