Friday, January 29, 2010
From Think Progress:
Corporation Runs For Maryland Congressional Seat To Protest SCOTUS Campaign Finance DecisionThe PR firm's press release is priceless.
Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it was filing to run for U.S. Congress and released its first campaign video on www.youtube.com/user/murrayhillcongressYes, I know they are kidding, and this is satirical, but it proves a point about the bigger issue: this "corporations are people" thing. I know we had a really great discussion about it here, but I just can't agree with that notion and I think it has to change. Check out the rest of the presser. It has one quip after another about putting people 2nd, and antiquated "human-only" laws.
“Until now,” Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement, “corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence peddling to achieve their goals in Washington. But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves.”
Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first “corporate person” to exercise its constitutional right to run for office. [emphasis mine]
Their campaign ad:Funny stuff, and makes a point. After all, as their campaign slogan goes: Murray Hill Inc. plans on spending “top dollar” to protect its investment. “It’s our democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.”