Move to Amend is calling on U.S. Senators to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because he believes corporations should possess the same inalienable constitutional rights as human beings.
Move to Amend (MTA) has sent an Open Letter to every U.S. Senator urging opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination along with a questionnaire asking Senators to ask the nominee his views on various examples of corporate constitutional rights (what many call "corporate personhood”).
The Open Letter lists several reasons for opposing Kavanaugh. They include his support for reducing corporate regulations that protect consumer, homeowners and the environment; his openness to "dark money" foreign-funded political "issue ads;" and his expansive view of presidential authority and protections that would place the president above the rule of law.
--> Please also email your Senators and tell them that opposition to corporate personhood must be a litmus test for Brett Kavanaugh or any nominee to the Supreme Court. Send them our Questionnaire to use in confirmation hearings.
Among the several questions MTA suggests Senators ask Kavanaugh are:
"The 1978 First National Bank v Bellotti ruling was the first Supreme Court case granting corporations the right to influence elections. In a dissenting opinion, Justice William Rehnquist stated: “It might reasonably be concluded that [corporations], so beneficial in the economic sphere, pose special dangers in the political sphere." Do you believe that corporate money in elections poses "special dangers in the political sphere?"
"The constitutional right “not to speak” has been granted to corporations to avoid listing product ingredients, even when the public health, safety and welfare may be at risk by not having the right to know. Do you feel a corporation’s constitutional so-called “right not to speak” should preempt the public’s right to protect their own health, safety and welfare?"
- “Corporate constitutional rights are a perversion of the Constitution -- a doctrine the Supreme Court never had the authority to create,” said Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Director of Move to Amend. “80% of Americans want to see an amendment putting the Court in its place. We don’t need any more Justices who would go against the will of the American people.”
We believe that with an ever-increasing number of future Supreme Court cases likely to concern corporations, it’s imperative to know whether nominees support the constitutional rights of corporations. This issue, therefore, meets the standard of a litmus test for qualification of any High Court justice nominee to becoming a public servant in our democratic republic.
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National Director, Move to Amend Coalition
P.S. Make your voice heard today and tell your Senators that confirming Kavanaugh is a direct attack on democracy and only confirms Trump's agenda to keep Americans in the dark about corporate money in politics, his own transgressions, and many other lies that take away our rights!