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Corporations Are Not People by Jeffrey D. Clements

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Chapter FourCorporations Don’t Vote; They Don’t Have To

The strength of America 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., Candidate for United States Congress1

Not long after the Citizens United decision, a corporation chartered under Maryland law announced its campaign for Congress. Leading with the slogan “Corporations Are People Too,” Murray Hill Inc.’s statement explained: “Corporate America has been driving Congress for years,” and now “it’s time for us to get behind the wheel ourselves.” Proposing to “eliminate the middleman,” the corporation promised “an aggressive, historic campaign that puts people ...

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