Press Coverage

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.

Resolution Calling to Amend the Constitution Banning Corporate Personhood Introduced in Vermont

February 22, 2011

January 21, VERMONT - A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense.

Citizens United v. America's Citizens A Voter's Guide

October 24, 2010

The midterm elections are days away, but the winners are virtually certain: the corporations and conservative operatives like Karl Rove who have taken advantage of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling to establish a well-heeled “shadow party” of networked trade associations and G.O.P. front groups (See a detailed list of these organizations below.)