This is a press release they just sent out about the effort to undo the absurd idea that “corporations are people, my friend“:

TOPEKA – Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, and Ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, announced today that they plan to introduce a resolution formally urging Congress to end corporate personhood.

In January 2010, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have the same first amendment rights as naturally born persons, and that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. This has led to the development of “Super PACs”, and yielded unprecedented influence in political campaigns, as evidenced by the 2012 Presidential Primary.

“Corporations don’t live and breathe or go to war or rebuild after tornadoes,” said Hensley. “They are simply not people and do not deserve the same rights as people.”

The resolution urges Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood by establishing that the term ‘person’ refers only to naturally born persons. Sixteen state legislatures have introduced resolutions/legislation of this nature.

“Citizens United is wrong because it confuses people with corporations and speech with money,” said Holland. “Speech is an expression of the people, while money is an expression of corporations. It is speech and people that the First Amendment is concerned with, not money and corporations. Amending the U.S. Constitution is the only way to begin returning our inalienable rights to those they were intended to protect – we the people.”

This resolution is particularly timely as the Kansas Legislature embarks on a major tax reform debate. Citizens United opens the floodgates between corporations and the politicians who support them. Both the Brownback and House Republican tax plans will ultimately lead to the elimination of taxation on certain business entities. Additionally, both Gov. Brownback and Speaker O’Neal have indicated that they want to eventually eliminate the corporate income tax in future years. The Brownback Agenda, combined with Citizens United, will give corporations more power over public policy in Kansas than ever before.

“Gov. Brownback wants to cut taxes for those at the top at the expense of schools and the middle class,” said Davis. “We have already witnessed the impact of corporate giveaways on the lives of ordinary working Kansans throughout this recession. If corporations have free reign to influence elections, it will just be another nail in the coffin for middle class Kansans who work hard and play by the rules. This is the time to stand up and say that enough is enough.”

“I find it awfully convenient that Gov. Brownback wants to eliminate the income tax this year,” said Hensley. “Businesses and the state’s wealthiest citizens will be raking in record profits just in time to return the favor to Governor Brownback in the 2014 Election.”

The Kansas Democratic Party could surely use your help with this effort.

Comments

  1. #1 Don Monfort
    March 1, 2012

    Is the UAW people?

    Is Greenpeace people?

    Is NCSE people?

    I will help you. They are associations of people, just like corporations. Your problem is, you like some people, and dislike others. Some have rights, and some don’t.

  2. #2 mercurianferret
    March 1, 2012

    Homo sapiens sapiens are people. Associations of people – no matter how much one might like one group or another – are not people.

    Ergo, Greenpeace isn’t people. NCSE isn’t people. Unions aren’t people.

    Why does the concept seem strange and foreign to you?

    Are you a person?

  3. #3 Don Monfort
    March 1, 2012

    ferret,

    You are not very bright, or observant. I did not say that any of those associations of people, are actually people. If you think I did, you need to quote me. I was just giving our brilliant host the opportunity to state that he felt the rights to free speech should also be denied to those organizations, because they are not naturally born breathing persons. But I don’t think he will be able to bring himself to say that.

  4. #4 Josh Rosenau
    March 1, 2012

    Don: Saying corporations are made up of people who have free speech rights as individuals is irrelevant to the question of whether a corporation is a person with all the rights that entails. UAW is well over 18 years old, so shall we register it to vote? I own shares in Apple and John Deere, does that mean I’m violating the 15th Amendment rights of those two people?

  5. #5 Wow
    March 5, 2012

    “Is the UAW people?”

    No.

    “Is Greenpeace people?”

    No.

    “Is NCSE people?”

    No.

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