Our current problems with elected officials representing their own interests instead of ours are not new and the solution was the same back then as it is now.
William Willoughby wrote this in 1919:
The Problem of Representative Government
This type of government, from its very nature, raised a political problem of prime importance. How are the people to make sure that their representative, the legislature, will in fact, represent them in the sense that its action will accord with their wishes? This is a problem which, in spite of our hundred or more years of experience with the system, has not yet been solved. It is only too well known that in many cases legislatures have failed utterly to translate into action the wishes of the people represented by them. In many cases they can be said to represent the people only in name, since the election of their members has been controlled or dictated by a small part of the voters to whom we have given the opprobrious names of the “ring”, the “machine”, the “bosses”, etc. Often members of legislatures have used their powers to promote personal or party interests rather than those of the people as a whole.
The solution back then as it is now was to vote these people out of office.
We deserve better