Press Coverage

Jamestown, CO Trustees Approve Resolution Against 'Corporate Personhood'

September 13, 2011

Measure calls for amendment to U.S. Constitution

The Jamestown Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution Monday night that condemned the concept of "corporate personhood."
The resolution called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to establish that only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights and that the First Amendment does not protect unlimited political spending as free speech.

West Allis group wants new limits on corporate election influence

September 13, 2011

West Allis - A petition drive in West Allis to limit corporate spending for issue ads to influence political campaigns was kicked off at the West Allis Library on Saturday.

The drive has 60 days to get 3,433 signatures, although the local group is aiming for 4,300 to be on the safe side, said James Ito, an organizer.

On hand at the Democracy Convention in Madison

September 9, 2011

For some, there wasn’t a better venue for America’s first Democracy Convention than the in-your-face capitol of local democracy, Madison, Wisconsin — a state with a long history of progressive sensibilities. Earlier this years thousands of protesters converged upon the capitol in response to Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislative majority’s decision to end collective bargaining for public employees — a fight that is not over and one leading to a test of Walker’s reelection capability.

Democracy Convention draws 1,000 to Madison, plans next steps

September 1, 2011
Clad in a tiara, long dress and sash reading "Do You Miss Democracy?" Mary Zepernick approached a table at the Memorial Union Terrace Saturday night with a question clearly on her mind. "Do you miss democracy?" she asked the group. "I do."
It was a bit of street theater, Zepernick, 71, explained the next day in a phone interview. "It's a way to catch the attention of people, to just shake up their minds a little."

ISTHMUS Democracy Convention kicks off, boosted by Wisconsin Capitol protests

August 23, 2011

The timing could not be better, but organizers say plans for this week's Democracy Convention in Madison were set before Gov. Scott Walker's introduction of his collective bargaining bill and the ensuing protests that led some to compare the uprising in Wisconsin to democratic rebellions in Egypt and Tunisia.

Missoula City Council to Consider Placing Corporate Personhood Resolution on Ballot

August 18, 2011

When Missoula City Councilwoman Cynthia Wolken knocked on doors in her ward this year, she heard a disappointing theme among constituents.

"I heard an overwhelming sense of despair about government," Wolken said Wednesday.

People don't believe their voices are heard, especially at the state and federal levels, she said. And they believe campaign dollars are distorting democracy.

"A lot of people feel what they say doesn't matter because somebody with more money will come along and drown out their voices," she said at a Committee of the Whole meeting.

Why Mitt Romney Was Right About Corporations: The Ever-Expanding Definition of Corporate Personhood

August 13, 2011

In an instant-classic flub at the Iowa State Fair this week, Mitt Romney proclaimed, "corporations are people, my friend."

Romney, of course, was speaking in the context of tax policy, making the point that to raise taxes on corporations is to raise taxes on the owners -- people -- of that corporation.

BOULDER WEEKLY Say No to Corporate Personhood

July 15, 2011

On Tuesday, July 19, Boulder City Council will hear from members of Boulder Move to Amend, who are asking council members to place a measure on the November 2011 ballot that would call for the abolition of “corporate personhood” — the granting of constitutional rights to corporations as if they were people — and the notion that money is a form of speech. Let’s hope City Council is listening.

Target Donation Dispute Fades, But New Controversy Over Corporate Contributions Certain in 2012 Elections

April 29, 2011

Ten months ago, as the 2010 governor's race began to heat up with the Minnesota summer, Target Corp. contributed $150,000 in company funds to MN Forward, a business-backed independent expenditure group.

To CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who seems to have made the decision to donate the cash, it must have seemed harmless enough.