First Corporate "Person" to run for office 2

Murray Hill, Inc. is going to run for Congress. The press release reads like something out of the Onion, which means that these people are A-okay in my book.

I’m still pretty steamed about the the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission SCOTUS ruling. Not because I think it’s going to destroy the electoral process as we know it – I tend to agree with someone1 who was on Rachel Maddow’s show. Basically, he said that it just means instead of corporations paying for adds that say “Ask Senator Bob why he keeps killing puppies,” they can now run scarier attack adds that say, “Vote no for Senator Bob because he keeps killing puppies.” Functionally, I don’t see that much of a difference. The shadowy corporate paymasters can now just be a bit more open about throwing money around, I guess.

Of course, I’m sure there’s a lot of nuance I’m missing here, since I’m most definitely not a lawyer.

Anyway, the reason I’m ticked off about the SCOTUS decision is that I deeply resent the implication that corporations are in any way equated to, you know, actual people. Agreeing with Justice Stevens, here:

A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law. Being the mere creature of law, it possesses only those properties which the charter of its creation confers upon it.

If nothing else, corporations have a lot more money to throw around than those of us who are supposed to be having an active voice in our own government. I know our congresscritters rarely listen to us to begin with, but this is just rubbing our noses in it.

I suppose this is an even more powerful argument for trying to aim your spending at corporations that espouse values that you support. Considering the concerns regarding the disclosure of donations to political campaigns that we’ve seen pop up during the Prop 8 dust-up, I admit I’m pretty worried that even that method of exercising individual power could be in jeopardy.

…and all this from a post that was just supposed to point at a cute an amusing link.

Here: an adorable picture of a cat. That should make it all better.

ETA: Also, Corporate People in the News, from Lockwood. It made me giggle.

1 – Whose name I have forgotten, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

2 thoughts on “First Corporate "Person" to run for office

  1. Reply Lockwood Feb 1,2010 23:19

    Subscribed in RSS after seeing a couple of your posts in Ron Schott’s shared items. My blog, like yours, is sort of an eclectic mix, but with frequent shout-outs to geology. No geology in this post, but I think you’ll enjoy Corporate People in the News.

  2. Reply Rachael Feb 1,2010 23:31

    Your post made me giggle, so I shall add it to my post. :) Thanks for popping in to say hi, and I’ll be watching your blog too – there need to be more (sometimes, when we feel like it) geology-related blogs in the world.

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