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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:30 PM

Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote

Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote

By Ian Millhiser

A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections:

Provision for vote by corporate property owner. (1) Subject to subsection (2), if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election as provided in (section 1).

(2) The individual who is designated to vote by the entity is subject to the provisions of and shall also provide to the election administrator documentation of the entity’s registration with the secretary of state under 35-1-217 and proof of the individual’s designation to vote on behalf of the entity.

The idea that “corporations are people, my friend” as Mitt Romney put it, is sadly common among conservative lawmakers. Most significantly of all, the five conservative justices voted in Citizens United v. FEC to permit corporations to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Actually giving corporations the right to vote, however, is quite a step beyond what even this Supreme Court has embraced.

The bill does contain some limits on these new corporate voting rights. Most significantly, corporations would not be entitled to vote in “school elections,” and the bill only applies to municipal elections. So state and federal elections would remain beyond the reach of the new corporate voters.

In fairness to Lavin’s fellow lawmakers, this bill was tabled shortly after it came before a legislative committee, so it is unlikely to become law. A phone call to Lavin was not returned as of this writing.

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http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/22/1628631/montana-bill-would-give-corporations-the-right-to-vote/

Where the hell are they finding these clowns?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:18 PM

1. Hopefully this dies a quick death.

Surprisingly, Montana was one of the first states to pass a state resolution to overturn Citizens United with 75% of the vote. Don't think this will sit very well with those 75%.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:18 PM

2. If corporations are people, go all the way

If corporations can vote, they should also be subject to jail time and capital punishment.

You would execute a company by pulling its charter, confiscating and selling its assets, then distributing proceeds of the sale to creditors, those the company damaged, and its employees.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:09 AM

4. Based on the bill in the OP

"the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee" would be subject to jail time and capital punishment assuming we wanted to keep things consistent.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:53 PM

3. Two years ago they tried to legalize

SPEAR HUNTING in Montana

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Response to sorefeet (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:15 AM

5. Is chariot racing illegal too?

I find it hard to imagine that there was ever enough errant spear hunting going on that it had to be banned.

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