Saturday, January 30, 2010

The First Corporate Candidate

It happened sooner than I expected.

roberts_evil No matter how much Alito may bobble his head in disagreement with the President over the Supreme Court's recent ruling on Citizens United v. FEC, this is the next logical step in affirming corporate personhood.

Corporation Murray Hill, Inc. has decided to run for the Maryland's 8th congressional district seat, one currently held by DCCC chief Chris Van Hollen. Murray Hill, Inc., will be running as a Republican(s?). From their corporate website:

Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it was filing to run for U.S. Congress and released its first campaign video on

“Until now,” Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement, “corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence peddling to achieve their goals in Washington. But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves.”

Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first “corporate person” to exercise its constitutional right to run for office. As Supreme Court observer Lyle Denniston wrote in his SCOTUSblog, “If anything, the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission conferred new dignity on corporate “persons,” treating them — under the First Amendment free-speech clause — as the equal of human beings.”

Murray Hill Inc. agrees. “The strength of America,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “is in the boardrooms, country clubs and Lear jets of America’s great corporations. We’re saying to Wal-Mart, AIG and Pfizer, if not you, who? If not now, when?”

Murray Hill Inc. plans on spending “top dollar” to protect its investment. “It’s our democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.”

Damn straight. I think this is an excellent way to illustrate just how short-sighted and dangerous the SCOTUS decision was…

Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>

Here’s the video:


What say you?


the walking man said...

Father I want to live

otis said...

I honestly hope that this corp does run. Furthermore, I hope it wins, just to prove 2 points:
1) How absurd it is to think that a corporation is a person (I would think it amusing if this corp sent someone different every day it held the office to sit in the seat.)
2) To prove how stupid people are and that we need real education reform.

Lisa G. said...

I'm going to incorporate myself as an S corp (for small businesses) and run under the name of Goldman Sux.

TomCat said...

Mark, it's stunningly beautiful. Thanks. Did you intend to bear on this discussion?

TomCat said...

Pushed the wrong button. :-(

Otis, on 1, Amen. On 2, Amen.

Lisa, I'd love to see it.

the walking man said...

Yes...even though I know that Murray Hill is a progressive organization...if they do this and win as a person there really will be no turning back that precedent. It will be the final death blow to American democracy.

TomCat said...

Mark, I think you raise a valid point. As much as it would tend to heap well-deserved ridicule on SCOTUS, it would open a floodgate.