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  •  that would violate (0+ / 0-)

    the rights of shareholders and clients, who are humans and consequently have rights.  

    If you don't watch out, your job will become one Americans won't do.

    by happymisanthropy on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 07:21:52 PM PST

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    •  Why isn't the same true, then ... (2+ / 0-)
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      AaronInSanDiego, VClib

      ... when it comes to a corporation's speech?  Isn't it just an aggregation of the speech rights of its shareholders?

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        their money is invested in a company.  They have the right to not have the capital expropriated.

        The shareholders (1) do not lose any of their natural speech rights by investing in a corporation, and (2) a plurality of them may disagree vehemently with the corporation's "speech."

        If you don't watch out, your job will become one Americans won't do.

        by happymisanthropy on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 07:48:24 PM PST

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        •  happym - that's a weak straw man (1+ / 0-)
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          Officers and directors make decisions every day that shareholders may not agree with. Why would, in corporate terms, non material expenditures for political purposes be any different that other significantly more expensive decisions which are made every day. Financial, or passive, investors have no rights to impact day to day corporate decisions other than to sell their shares.  

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 06:38:38 PM PST

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