Using other people's money is, as Joseph Schumpeter pointed out, what entrepreneurs do. "...risk bearing is no part of the entrepreneurial function. It is the capitalist who bears the risk. The entrepreneur does so only to the extent to which, besides being an entrepreneur, he is also a capitalist, but qua entrepreneur he loses other people's money."
Kamm, "The Civil War Career of Thomas A. Scott," 3-4 11-18.
Douglas E. Bowers, "Logrolling to Corruption: The Development of Lobbying in Pennsylvania, 1815-1861," Journal of the Early Republic 4 (Winter, 1983), 469-70.
The hot stove joke was a common one in the Gilded Age.
Harry James Brown and Frederick D. Williams (eds), The Diary of James A. Garfield. 4 volumes (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1967-1981), Dec. 7, 1873, 2: 256.