Corporations Are Not People, Money is Not Speech: Repealing Corporate Personhood Throughout America


 In Boulder, CO “Measure 2H” is a call for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of corporate control.
It’s a show of support for the Move to Amend initiative, which wants to change the U.S. Constitution so that it overrides the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision that essentially granted personhood to corporations. The January 2010 ruling, which said that the First Amendment prohibits limits on corporate funding of political broadcasts in candidate elections, was criticized for equating money with free speech and giving companies carte blanche to outspend the competition on ads for their favored candidates. Opponents said that the city council should be focusing instead on local matters in its own jurisdiction, and that stripping corporations of rights would hurt the economy.

Berkeley’s mayor and City Council called for amending US & CA constitutions to declare corporations are not entitled to the rights of persons and that corporate money is not free speech and to request that other communities take a similar stand (April 2010).

On a related note, an experiment by Digital Democracy led to repealing corporate personhood as the top idea expressed as of the writing of the article.

Also see:

Event: Nov 9 – Nation-wide House Parties to Plan for the Two-Year Anniversary of Citizens United

Video: Hartmann – Have corporations overplayed their hand & a backlash is now underway?

Democracy is for People

Animation: Story of Citizens United vs. FEC


Constitutional Convention online idea + feedback collection(Lessig)

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