Vermont Challenging Corporate Personhood
January 24, 2011 8:25 AM Subscribe
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One year after the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
decision, which, overturning over 100 years of precedent, opened a floodgate of corporate money into election campaigns, Virginia Lyons (D-VT), has introduced legislation
(full text of bill not yet available, articles here
) in the Vermont State Senate to amend the United States Constitution to explicitly state that corporations are not
This would overturn the controversial notion of corporate personhood
which was established in the 1800s. Controversial not only for the unequal distribution of rights and responsibilities among humans and corporations, some, like Thom Hartmann
), have claimed that the notion of corporate personhood was established as an intentional misinterpretation
of the decision as recorded by court reporter J.C. Bancroft Davis, former president of the Newburgh & New York Railway Co.
Prior efforts to mitigate the disastrous effects of the Citizens United decision have failed (previously
), and, don't forget that Vermont (among others) tried (and failed) to impeach George W. Bush
Vermont was, however, somewhat successful
in its most recent dispute with McDonalds over its "Fruit and Maple" oatmeal, which is entirely devoid of actual maple syrup.