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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:30 AM

If Corporations are People, Do They Count as Passengers in Carpool Lanes?

If Corporations are People, Do They Count as Passengers in Carpool Lanes?


The argument that corporations are people has been famously made by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney—“Corporations are people, too, my friend” —and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2010 landmark Citizens United case that unleashed untold millions of dollars in dark money on the U.S. political system.

Now, Jonathan Frieman of San Rafael, California, wants to use the principle in defense of his right to cruise the carpool lane without an actual living, breathing human being in the seat next to him. Or, if that fails, establish at least one judicial outpost that doesn’t recognize corporate personhood.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting political expenditures by corporations and unions, equating corporations with people. The principle has potentially many applications.

In December 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District cited the case when determining that a corporation could get a waiver from the Affordable Care Act because its religious beliefs prevent it from covering employees’ birth control costs.

http://www.allgov.com/news/unusual-news/if-corporations-are-people-do-they-count-as-passengers-in-carpool-lanes-130107?news=846677

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:46 AM

1. do we have the right to pull the plug on it?

if that Corporation is involved in an accident?

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:22 AM

2. Guess so, if Hobby Lobby has religious beliefs.

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