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What was the credit mobile scandal?


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The Credit Mobilier scandal involved the Credit Mobilier Company and the Union Pacific Railroad. Both were chartered in 1864. In 1868, Congressman Oakes Ames distributed shares of Credit Mobilier stock, as well as made cash bribes to other congressmen. The Sun, a New York newspaper, broke the story of the scandal during the 1872 presidential campaign of Ulysses Grant.