Thursday, February 4, 2010

Maryland Corporation to Run for Congress

After the Supreme Court basically declared that corporations should be given the rights of individual people in the ruling it issued in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Maryland based corporation has now launched a campaign for Congress. Murray Hill Inc. issued a statement today claiming that "it plans on filing to run in the Republican primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District." Murray Hill's website points to analysis that explains how the decision basically declared that a corporation has human rights.
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.”
Now I know that this announcement is tongue in check, but it does raise a good point. There's no way a corporation would win an election because people know they aren't people. Even some of the biggest supporters of big business aren't likely to be dumb enough to support this theory. Congress, after all, should be an institution that looks out for the best interests of actual people and not large corporations that are only interested in turning a profit.

With the Supreme Court's decision giving corporations human rights, however, they have opened the door for corporations to essentially buy control of Congress. As Murray Hill points out, this campaign is merely taking the Court's decision to the next step. I can't wait to see if any big business advocates try to discount this campaign or realize that it proves how ridiculous the Supreme Court's decision was in the Citizens United case.

1 comment:

  1. Personally, I wish Murray Hill well-- as long as its political philosophy is in agreement with mine. (Alas, since I don't live in MD's 8th CD, I can't vote for it.) Otherwise, I hope it loses the election (but I would defend to the death the hard fought fight for it to be ABLE TO RUN for political office and VOTE like a real person in the first place)!