Corporations Are NOT People

Corporations do not breathe, they do not have children, they do not die fighting in wars for our country, and they do not vote in elections. And, we Montanans certainly don’t want them to vote, or influence votes. We haven’t since we passed our state Corrupt Practices Act in 1912.

Only People Are People

Corporations are not people, they are artificial constructs, created under state or federal statute, and designed to limit the liability of their owners. But federal courts have twisted the U.S. Constitution to grant corporations the same constitutional rights as people.

Corporations should do what they are intended to do: serve as a means to accumulate capital to innovate, take risks, meet market demands, and create jobs. They should not be in the business of using the corporate checkbook to buy elections.

Corporate Money Corrupts Our Democracy

Corporations are now allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates who, when elected, owe the corporations favors. So while “we the people” go to the polls and elect candidates to office, we have far less influence than those corporations.

Is it any wonder that our government is failing to meet the needs of the people? When corporate interests trump the public interest, we get policies that serve wealthy corporations rather than working families and small businesses.

Main Street business owners know Citizens United is bad for small businesses. In a recent poll, 66% of small business owners said unlimited corporate money in elections is bad for small businesses, while just 9% said it is good.

Restore the Constitution

Montana citizens are working to pass an initiative that establishes as the policy of the State of Montana that corporations are not people entitled to constitutional rights and bans corporate money in campaigns. It also charges Congress and the Montana Legislature to reverse federal court rulings with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifying that only people are people.

By clarifying that corporations are not people and money is not speech, we can get the big money out of politics, limit campaign contributions from wealthy individuals, and eliminate political spending by corporations in elections.

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commented 2013-11-30 17:44:08 -0700 · Flag
Thank you
@sydnets tweeted link to this page. 2012-11-11 03:39:10 -0700
"the people of Montana regard the rights under the Constitution as rights of human beings, not rights of corporations" http://t.co/YZYP1Yg1
@mtobis tweeted link to this page. 2012-11-08 22:30:24 -0700
"the people of Montana regard the rights under the Constitution as rights of human beings, not rights of corporations" http://t.co/YZYP1Yg1
@1phd tweeted link to this page. 2012-11-08 21:58:44 -0700
"the people of Montana regard the rights under the Constitution as rights of human beings, not rights of corporations" http://t.co/YZYP1Yg1
@Tokyo_Tom tweeted link to this page. 2012-11-08 21:09:28 -0700
"the people of Montana regard the rights under the Constitution as rights of human beings, not rights of corporations" http://t.co/YZYP1Yg1
commented 2012-10-16 23:07:40 -0600 · Flag
Clint,
We believe that BIG money, whether it comes from wealthy individuals, corporations, or unions should not dominate our elections. The Citizens United decision applied to both unions and corporations because unions are corporations. Montana campaign finance law has always treated them the same. Montana has been a model for clean, fair elections. Why? Because we had a ban on corporate campaign spending and candidates had to abide by contribution limits ($160 per donor per election for a legislative candidate). Now, all of that is at risk. American Tradition Partnership is pushing an agenda, through the courts, to eliminate all of our campaign finance laws and clear the way for unlimited, secret, untraceable money. This is not a liberal vs. conservative issue. This is not a Democrat vs. Republican issue. This issue is about restoring fair elections. That is why people of all political stripes support I-166.
commented 2012-08-28 17:36:04 -0600 · Flag
Cb, with all due respect, you appear to be a hypocrate. While complaining about “super pacs” and villifying corporations, you and others like you are establishing your own advertising blocs. What is “Standing With Montanans” if not a push to defeat those of us with a conservative mindset? That goes equally for League of Women Voters, and a pile of other liberal organizations that hide behind a banner of “fairness” when really you are only interested in squelching the speach of people who do not agree with you. You can’t be satisfied with equal air-time, you want all of it. Stop corporations from donating to campaigns and advertising, but its okay for Unions and Non-profits to do the very thing you rail against. Corporations aren’t evil. Some corporations break laws and harm people, but so do Union bosses like Jimmy Hoffa (Sr and Jr). Buffalo Field Campaign is well known for its violence and intimidation. It took a law to stop them from harrassing legal hunters. I do not wish you good luck in your attempts to overturn or hamstring the Citizens United ruling.
commented 2012-08-28 16:48:21 -0600 · Flag
Again please read the initiative and the findings by the Montana Supreme Court.

Obviously we don’t agree.

Please be respectful in your comments.

Thank you.
commented 2012-08-28 16:31:11 -0600 · Flag
So I watched them both. In the second 8 minutes I heard about our democracy…. wait we live in a Representative Republic. …“and to the Republic for which it stands…” oh yeah and the language says “for profit corporations” so that the other corporations like PBS the corporation for Public Broadcasting can still be hard-core liberal. Does it bother you to be that dis-honest? I can at least understand that since corporations pay taxes, they should have a voice. Corporations can pay to advertise, put up billboards, etc. but they still don’t have a VOTE. Only people have a vote, so why are you worried? Do you think the average voter is too stupid to decide who they want to vote for? Hmmm.
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