Corporations Are Not People 2nd Edition

Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations

By Jeffrey Clements | Bill Moyers

Publication date: 08/18/2014

Corporations Are Not People

Americans are using new strategies and tools to renew democracy and curb unbalanced corporate power.

  • STILL ESSENTIAL: The Citizens United decision continues to distort the electoral process and expand the power of corporations
  • UPDATED THROUGHOUT: This second edition details both the ruling's expanding damage to democracy and, in an all-new chapter, how citizens can lead the battle against it

The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that corporations are people eliminated campaign finance restrictions and dramatically increased corporate power "but attorney Jeff Clements shows how you can fight back.

Clements explains the strange history of how the Supreme Court came to embrace a concept that flies in the face of not only all common sense but most of American legal history as well. He shows how unfettered corporate rights will impact public health, energy policy, the environment, and the justice system.

In this new edition Clements details Citizens United's ongoing destructive effects-for example, Chevron was able to spend $1.2 million to influence a single local election in a city of 100,000 people. But he also describes the growing movement to reverse the ruling-since the first edition 16 states, 160 members of Congress, and 500 cities and towns have called for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. And in a new chapter, Do Something!, Clements shows how-state by state and community by community-Americans are using new strategies and tools to renew democracy and curb unbalanced corporate power.

  • A plain-English guide to the disastrous practical consequences of the bizarre legal doctrine of corporate personhood enshrined most recently in the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision
  • Features a constitutional amendment designed to overturn Citizens United and restore the government to the people
  • Includes a tool kit to help citizens mount a grassroots campaign to pass the Peoples Rights amendment
  • Click here for the press release

 

The January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision marked a culminating victory for the legal doctrine of corporate personhood. Corporations, as legal persons, are now entitled to exercise their alleged free-speech rights in the form of campaign spending, effectively enabling corporate domination of the electoral process.

Jeffrey Clements uncovers the roots, expansion, and far-reaching effects of the strange and destructive idea, which flies in the face of not only all common sense but, Clements shows, most of American legal history, from 1787 to the 1970s. He details its impact on the American political landscape, economy, job market, environment, and public healthand how it permeates our daily lives, from the quality of air we breathe to the types of jobs we can get to the politicians we elect. Most importantly, he offers a solution: a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and tools readers can use to mount a grassroots drive to get it passed.

Overturning Citizens United is not about a triumph of one political ideology over anotherits about restoring the democratic principles on which America was built. Republican president Theodore Roosevelt and conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist both vocally opposed the idea of corporate personhood. Community by community, state by state, we can cross party and ideological lines to form a united front against unchecked corporate power in Americaand reinstate a government that is truly of, by, and for the people.

 


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Americans are using new strategies and tools to renew democracy and curb unbalanced corporate power.

  • STILL ESSENTIAL: The Citizens United decision continues to distort the electoral process and expand the power of corporations
  • UPDATED THROUGHOUT: This second edition details both the ruling's expanding damage to democracy and, in an all-new chapter, how citizens can lead the battle against it

The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that corporations are people eliminated campaign finance restrictions and dramatically increased corporate power "but attorney Jeff Clements shows how you can fight back.

Clements explains the strange history of how the Supreme Court came to embrace a concept that flies in the face of not only all common sense but most of American legal history as well. He shows how unfettered corporate rights will impact public health, energy policy, the environment, and the justice system.

In this new edition Clements details Citizens United's ongoing destructive effects-for example, Chevron was able to spend $1.2 million to influence a single local election in a city of 100,000 people. But he also describes the growing movement to reverse the ruling-since the first edition 16 states, 160 members of Congress, and 500 cities and towns have called for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. And in a new chapter, Do Something!, Clements shows how-state by state and community by community-Americans are using new strategies and tools to renew democracy and curb unbalanced corporate power.

  • A plain-English guide to the disastrous practical consequences of the bizarre legal doctrine of corporate personhood enshrined most recently in the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision
  • Features a constitutional amendment designed to overturn Citizens United and restore the government to the people
  • Includes a tool kit to help citizens mount a grassroots campaign to pass the Peoples Rights amendment
  • Click here for the press release

 

The January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision marked a culminating victory for the legal doctrine of corporate personhood. Corporations, as legal persons, are now entitled to exercise their alleged free-speech rights in the form of campaign spending, effectively enabling corporate domination of the electoral process.

Jeffrey Clements uncovers the roots, expansion, and far-reaching effects of the strange and destructive idea, which flies in the face of not only all common sense but, Clements shows, most of American legal history, from 1787 to the 1970s. He details its impact on the American political landscape, economy, job market, environment, and public healthand how it permeates our daily lives, from the quality of air we breathe to the types of jobs we can get to the politicians we elect. Most importantly, he offers a solution: a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and tools readers can use to mount a grassroots drive to get it passed.

Overturning Citizens United is not about a triumph of one political ideology over anotherits about restoring the democratic principles on which America was built. Republican president Theodore Roosevelt and conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist both vocally opposed the idea of corporate personhood. Community by community, state by state, we can cross party and ideological lines to form a united front against unchecked corporate power in Americaand reinstate a government that is truly of, by, and for the people.

 


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Jeffrey Clements is a cofounder and general counsel of Free Speech for People, a national, nonpartisan campaign to oppose corporate personhood and pass the People’s Rights Amendment. The founder of Clements Law Office, LLC, he has represented and advocated for people, businesses, and the public interest since 1988, serving as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau in Massachusetts from 2007 to 2009.



Foreword by Bill Moyers

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Fighting Back, by Bill Moyers

Introduction: What's at Stake

1. American Democracy Works, and Corporations Fight Back

2. Corporations Are Not People-and They Make Lousy Parents

3. If Corporations Are Not People, What Are They?

4. Corporations Don't Vote; They Don't Have To

5. Did Corporate Power Destroy the Working American Economy?

6. Corporations Can't Love

7. Restoring Democracy and Republican Government

8. Do Something!

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