Resolution Passed by Anchorage Assembly
On Tuesday December 18th 2018, the Anchorage Assembly gave the local Move to Amend affiliate an early Christmas gift by unanimously passing a resolution that supports amending the U.S. Constitution to end constitutional rights for artificial persons, and to clarify that money is not free speech.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Alaska’s campaign finance law limiting out-of-state contributions to candidates violates the First Amendment. This was based on the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, narrowing the reasons states can limit campaign contributions to preventing “quid pro quo corruption.” This is too narrow.
“We appreciate our allies in this fight against artificial personhood, and the notion that money is “free speech” that is creating a flood of money from everywhere into our election campaigns, and we ask that you broadcast the following information to your members. Hopefully a few will take up the call and round up a friend or family member out
The notion that a corporation can claim constitutional rights of any sort is outrageously nonsensical.
"On Jan. 20, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court offered the momentous 5-4 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling declaring that corporations are people. Five years later, 73 percent of Americans are opposed to Citizens United and see the absurdity of considering a corporate entity a person."
Today’s 5-4 ruling in the Hobby Lobby case is outrageous. Corporations, closely held or not, do not have religious beliefs. Only natural human beings have religious beliefs and freedoms. Allowing a person in their role as a business owner and employer to impose their beliefs on their employees violates the employees’ rights to religious freedom.