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 Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics

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PostSubject: Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics   Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:32 am

Exactly what is a person really?

Following the Supreme Court decision implicitly granting corporations the right to free speech (by determining that political spending is a kind of speech), a corporation has decided to take what it believes to be “democracy’s next step”: It is running for Congress.

With more than a twinge of irony, Murray Hill Incorporated, a liberal public relations firm, recently announced that it planned to run in the Republican primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first “corporate person” to exercise its constitutional right to run for office. As Supreme Court observer Lyle Denniston wrote in his SCOTUSblog, “If anything, the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission conferred new dignity on corporate “persons,” treating them — under the First Amendment free-speech clause — as the equal of human beings.”

Murray Hill Inc. plans on spending “top dollar” to protect its investment. “It’s our democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.”

The campaign’s designated human, Eric Hensal, will help the corporation conform to antiquated “human only” procedures and sign the necessary voter registration and candidacy paperwork.


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PostSubject: Re: Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics   Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:58 am

And you're just now getting around to posting this? This is basically officially a ruling that states that America is a corporate oligarchy.

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PostSubject: Re: Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics   Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:58 am

I googled Murray Hill to see just what kind of firm it is, and I found this:
Murray Hill PR Firm Plans (Satirical) Run For Maryland Congressional Seat

Not sure how reliable the Huffington Post is, but judging by the tone of MH's press release, it does sound like a satirical gesture (and a publicity stunt, let's face it):

Corporations are taking note of the impact that the Supreme Court decision to remove limits on corporate campaign spending will have on federal elections. One is even taking matters a step further -- with tongue firmly in cheek.

On its website, the progressive PR firm Murray Hill has announced its satirical plan to run for Congress, in what it calls the "First Test of 'Corporate Personhood' In Politics."

From their press release:

"Until now...corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence peddling to achieve their goals in Washington. But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves."
Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first "corporate person" to exercise its constitutional right to run for office. As Supreme Court observer Lyle Denniston wrote on SCOTUSblog, "If anything, the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission conferred new dignity on corporate "persons," treating them -- under the First Amendment free-speech clause -- as the equal of human beings."

Murray Hill agrees. "The strength of America," according to the firm's release, "is in the boardrooms, country clubs and Lear jets of America's great corporations. We're saying to Wal-Mart, AIG and Pfizer, if not you, who? If not now, when?"
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PostSubject: Re: Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics   Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:13 pm

I would still see it as Eric Hensal running, being backed finacially by Murray Hill.

With this though, Murry Hill would be publically stating that if there were ever any
blame or falt to pass out, disagreement on any issues, you know where and who to go too.


I don't think Wal-mart wants to publically single themselves out to any specific party.
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PostSubject: Re: Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics   Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:20 pm

The more I read about current politics, the more I think we need a complete revision on our laws..
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PostSubject: Re: Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics   Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:41 pm

nsanelilmunky wrote:
The more I read about current politics, the more I think we need a complete revision on our laws..

Amen to that!
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PostSubject: Re: Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation Run for Congress First Test of “Corporate Personhood” In Politics   Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:56 pm

It's no wonder America is the laughing stock of the world.
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