NY City Council Passes Resolution Declaring that Corporations Are Not People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2012

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City Council Passes Resolution Declaring that Corporations Are Not People

NEW YORK, NY — The Progressive Caucus of the City Council commends today’s passage of a resolution opposing the United States Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as people. Progressive Caucus Members Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Steve Levin sponsored this resolution, with the entirety of the Progressive Caucus as co-sponsors. We thank Speaker Christine Quinn for her leadership on this important issue.

As our support of this resolution demonstrates, restoring confidence in government and strengthening democratic participation is a core principle of the Progressive Caucus. We believe that corporations should not share the same rights as people, that unlimited and unreported corporate donations meant to sway the electoral process should not be considered freedom of speech, and that the government should regulate the raising and spending of money by corporations intended to influence elections. We cannot allow corporate money to manipulate our democracy.

As Justice John Paul Stevens recognized in his dissent in the Citizens United decision, “corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”

The Progressive Caucus supports this sentiment and urges Congress to take action to protect our democracy against corporate control and return the election process to the people.

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39 Responses to NY City Council Passes Resolution Declaring that Corporations Are Not People

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  3. Peg says:

    Excellent response Go NY!

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  6. This is the type of thing I love to see from our leaders! Every Councillor who voted in favor of this, and especially every Councillor who had a hand in authoring and/or sponsoring it, should be extremely proud. You represent Democracy at its very best.

    Sincerely,
    Aaron Kahn-Bork, student and occasional occupier.

  7. Greg Singer says:

    Every local governing body needs to send this message to the Federal Government that the Supreme Court was wrong. Tell Washington that:”We The People” have spoken.

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  9. Kris says:

    Hell Yah! Way to go New York! :D

  10. Miz Furball says:

    This is wonderful news! Thank you, NY City Council.

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  12. THANK YOU NY CITY COUNCIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Nathan Reagan says:

    Thank you for this official declaration of dissent. We need more people and organizations to do the same.

  20. Yes! Nice work NY City Council. That’s a start.

  21. WoI Admin says:

    Excellent news!
    The sooner we reverse the Citizens United mistake, the better.

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  30. Randy says:

    These same rules should apply to unions. They should not be able to contribute to campaigns nor be involved in lobbying efforts. I mean, fair is fair, right?

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  33. KKai Orkut says:

    About time to have a constitution amendment. =)

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