In the latest alarming and ruthless grab for increased corporate personhood, the underhandedly-named "Citizens United" (pro corporate "free
speech" front) is challenging the FCC to allow more corporate/lobbyist influence/control during our Democratic elections. As if they weren't
already granted far too many of the same rights as individual citizens, they're mobilizing in their desire for more. Each pro-corporate personhood
legal precedent further sinks the corporate dollar into our elections and corrupts representatives who are supposed to be composed of,
appointed by, and acting for the people. At the very least, this is a case to watch with great vigilance and a suspicious eye for claims
(doublespeak) by corporate laywers of infringement upon "free speech" versus the potential reality that some rights will be compromised or
essentially stripped from the actual citizenry.
Corporations are pitching a bizarre product -- a radical vision of the 1st Amendment. It would give corporations rather than voters a central role in
our electoral process by treating corporate political spending as protected speech.
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