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Citizens United decision counterattacked

The Washington Post has just given front page coverage to Murray Hill, a PR firm in Maryland that wants to run for public office link here. The article has a tongue-in-cheek character but it also has a serious objective--to make clear the absurdity of the Supreme Court determination in the Citizens United case that corporations have rights normally reserved to citizens, a position that is in fundamental conflict with common sense and precedent.

In quotations, the article says, "After the Supreme Court declared that corporations have the same rights as individuals when it comes to funding political campaigns, the self-described progressive firm took what it considers the next logical step: declaring for office." "It's an opportunity to see this court opinion play out to its logical conclusion.", "...the firm appears to be the first "corporate person" to run for office and is promising a spirited campaign that 'puts people second, or even third.'" "I guess with a corporation, should someone go on vacation, like many of our current members of Congress, you'd have fill-ins to take their place."

The tongue may be in cheek but the edge to its humor also comes through and the Supreme Court looks pretty bad. After President Obama spoke critically of the Court's finding and Chief Justice Roberts fired back, the Court seems to be getting the kind of treatment it deserves.


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IF it is all right for a private citizen to run for public office then I don't see what's wrong with a corporation to do the same. It's routinely done anyway except the corporation's representatives don't tell you openly that they really represent the corporation.

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