[FoRK] Justice Defends Ruling on Finance

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Thu Feb 4 06:32:16 PST 2010


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/us/politics/04scotus.html?hp

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Justice Thomas said the First Amendment’s protections applied regardless of
how people chose to assemble to participate in the political process.

“If 10 of you got together and decided to speak, just as a group, you’d say
you have First Amendment rights to speak and the First Amendment right of
association,” he said. “If you all then formed a partnership to speak, you’d
say we still have that First Amendment right to speak and of association.”

“But what if you put yourself in a corporate form?” Justice Thomas asked,
suggesting that the answer must be the same.

"""

This is just so fucking wrong. Corporations are nothing like 10 people
coming together to form a partnership to speak.

Its one or more owners, who can now use the corporation's finances and
employees to amplify their speech.


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