Reports from the Economic Front

a blog by Marty Hart-Landsberg

Corporate Personhood–Getting Rid of “The Middle Man”

The Supreme Court has further extended the rights of personhood to corporations in its recent ruling which declared that a corporation, being a person, has the right to spend as much of its own corporate wealth as it wants on campaigning to elect those candidates that it thinks will best serve its interests.

It sort of leaves you speechless, doesn’t it?  Actually, it is easy to forget that we created corporations—in fact we initially made them pay for a charter which limited their lifetime and set the terms within which they could do business—for example they were normally chartered for only one activity, making it impossible for them to become large conglomerates with interests in many different markets.  We have come a long way since then.

How long?  Well, the public relations firm Murray Hill, Inc. has decided to test the limits of this corporate personhood trend.  It has decided to run for Congress in the Republican primary in Maryland’s 8th congressional district.  To be clear, it is doing this to protest the Supreme Court’s decision.

The firm says that it wants to “eliminate the middle man” and run for Congress directly, saving time and money.  According to its web site statement:

Until now,” Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement, “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.”

“The strength of America,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “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?”

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. Hensal is excited by this new opportunity. “We want to get in on the ground floor of the democracy market before the whole store is bought by China.”

Campaign Manager William Klein promises an aggressive, historic campaign that “puts people second” or even third.

You have to watch its campaign video–here

For more on corporate personhood visit the Reclaim Democracy website

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