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Letter: First Amendment applies only to people

May 23, 2019

The May 6 op-ed “Government shouldn’t dictate views we’re allowed to hear” by Bradley Smith presented a false choice of what to trust — the proposed 28th Amendment or the First Amendment.

Move to Amend’s proposed We the People Amendment (House Joint Resolution 48) declares that “artificial entities such as corporations do not have constitutional rights” and that political election spending “is not free speech.”

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Bill to Challenge Supreme Court Decision on Election Spending

May 8, 2019

Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections.


State Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) doesn't think corporations are people and money is free speech, as in the 2010 Citizens United decision. Antonio plans a bill that would force a court challenge to that, much like Republican lawmakers did when they passed the so-called Heartbeat Bill to take on the 1973 ruling on abortion in Roe v Wade.

Tallmadge City Council wants to abolish corporations’ constitutional protections

May 3, 2019

TALLMADGE — A majority of city legislators favor recommending an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to abolish the rights of corporations to be protected as persons under the Constitution.

City Council on April 25 voted 4-3 to pass the resolution, which states in part that “only human beings, not corporate entities, have constitutional rights and that political money in elections is not a form of First Amendment-protected ‘free speech.’”

Council members Rebecca Allman (Ward 2), Carol Kilway (Ward 4) and Dennis Loughry (At Large) voted “no.”

Letters to the editor: Payday lenders benefit from corporate personhood

June 29, 2018

Regarding the June 18 editorial “Close the deal on payday loans,” the payday lending situation vividly illustrates the profitability of preying on vulnerable households that cannot afford rent, let alone attorneys. It also clearly illustrates the pay-to-play process of corporate money in our legislature. Too bad vulnerable payday borrowers, working for well below a living wage, do not have the spare cash to hire attorneys or donate to their representatives.

Citizens United 
nothing to celebrate

January 21, 2013

Jan. 21 marks an important day in the history of our country. Today will not only be Martin Luther King Day, it will also be the third anniversary of the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The legal “logic” that led to this decision, claiming that corporations are entitled to constitutional rights such as freedom of speech, has led to results that extend beyond the unprecedented amount of spending in recent elections.

Akron City Council votes to boost campaign finance limits — again

December 10, 2012

From the article...

Council passed the resolution about campaign spending by corporations at the urging of several Akron residents who are part of an effort to lobby state and federal representatives to approve limits in light of the record-setting spending in federal elections this year. Council members said they favor limiting campaign spending by corporations but don’t want to impede on corporations’ other free-speech rights.

“We have to address this issue,” Williams said.


‘Occupy’ protesters seek change against big money in politics

January 21, 2012

Dressed in a Bank of America costume, Britney Schultz, 22, of Cuyahoga Falls dangled a bag of chocolate-covered gold coins that read: “Money is not speech.”

Nearby, Carol Wagner, 53, of Akron, stood on the curb shouting into a megaphone that “corporations are not people; people are people” to passers-by at Main and Market streets in downtown Akron.

They were taking part in Friday’s “Occupy the Courts” protest, one day before the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that said corporations are persons.