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The Roberts Supreme Court declared that corporations have the    
              same rights as actual human United States citizens.  

So, why aren't any corporations running for public office?

      Let us progressives fill this gigantic void in the political landscape by creating a corporation to run as a candidate in each key district where there is a "red" incumbent. That corporation will be called:                                                                                

Jobs + [Name of City or Congressional District, or State] + Inc.

Then we will attempt to put that, ahem, person on the ballot.  It might be a write-in campaign, so it has to be a simple name, like "Jobs Detroit, Inc.", or "Jobs Ohio, Corp."

     If it works, the Corporatist Party will shit themselves in fear and confusion.  They will have to make a choice between two unpleasant alternatives:

1.  Run a campaign against JOBS--err, against corporations--err, against "people" named "JOBS".

                                     --OR--

2.  Get the Supreme Court to reverse its Citizens United decision and declare that corporations really are not people with rights under the U.S. Constitution.

What might such a politically oriented corporation look like?  

     This is uncharted territory, so it can be pretty much what we want it to be, as long as it satisfies the requirements of the state in which it is incorporated.  

     For simplicity, it would probably be structured like a regular, for profit corporation as follows:

1. Stockholders elect the Board of Directors for staggered terms of office at an annual meeting.

2. The Board of Directors then elects the Chair of the Board, and selects a CEO.

3. Eligible stockholders are any adult living in the political district affected.

4. Each eligible person can buy one (and only one) share of voting stock for a dollar, and unlimited shares of non-voting stock for the same price.  This is how money goes into the corporation.

5. The corporate board will be instructed to carry out the wishes of the stockholders as specified by their votes.  In other words, one person, one vote.  Just as our U.S. Constitution specifies.

6. The corporate charter will specify that the corporate funds will be spent on winning the election--or helping people get jobs.  

                        What would it cost?

     In my state, it costs less than $500 to incorporate, register the corporation with the state, and get a city business license.  The documents of incorporation are pretty much boiler plate and can easily be copied from those of an existing local corporation, with only minor modifications.  After a little legal review, a fine set of corporate documents can be produced by anyone with a computer and printer.  I've done it myself a couple times.  

     It doesn't cost much to register as a candidate for office;  however, I haven't done it, and can't comment on the complexities of getting on the ballot.   Maybe someone who has done it can describe the process for various levels of government.  

                  What if the Board of Elections Disapproves?

     Heehee! This is where the fun starts.  If the local Board of Elections won't let, for example, Jobs New Orleans, Co. register as a candidate, then we ask for help from the ACLU or other pro-bono legal group that defends the rule of law in the United States.  The lawyers can sue the Board of Elections on behalf of our precious corporation that is being deprived of its f***ing constitutional rights.  

How 'bout it?  

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Stetson

         Corporations are people too!  

    Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

    by Zydekos on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:07:41 PM PST

  •  somewhat unrelated (2+ / 0-)
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    Zydekos, a gilas girl

    I know a guy who wrote down Peace Activist as an occupation on a form to run for office and the city government would not accept it, even though it was a progressive city.  He finally changed his middle name to “Peace Activist” so his name  would appear on the ballot as a peace activist.

    I know it is not related to the diary, but it may lead to some ideas.

    http://articles.latimes.com/...
    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/...

  •  Actually, I think you're on to something. (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Stetson, Zydekos

    I am fully content running real corporations for office. I would support and vote for them.

    Americans need to fully experience themselves and their ideas. That doesn't happen often enough.


    Most people, when knocked over by the truth, have a tendency to pick themselves up, brush themselves off...and then hurry away like nothing had ever happened.

    by Pluto on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 03:57:11 PM PST

    •  That's basically the OWS spokescouncil model. (1+ / 0-)
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      Zydekos

      Various corporate bodies - the working groups - are the participants, and at each meeting a representative of the various corporations that make up OWS act on their behalf.  

      •  That's basically the way (1+ / 0-)
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        Zydekos

        ...the House of Representatives works.

        However, running corporations who have a prior mandate to turn a profit for their shareholders through their position puts a different spin on it.

        I mean, when is the last time your representative sent you a check for your share of the take?


        Most people, when knocked over by the truth, have a tendency to pick themselves up, brush themselves off...and then hurry away like nothing had ever happened.

        by Pluto on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 04:16:13 PM PST

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    •  Real corporations DO run for office.... (1+ / 0-)
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      ichibon

      .......but they do it by proxy.  Their proxies are our politicians, bought and paid for by the corporation to do their bidding.  

      So, let's bring this charade out into the daylight and see if it is what we want for government.  

      Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

      by Zydekos on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 04:16:23 PM PST

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  •  doesn't work like that. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  What doesn't work like that? (0+ / 0-)

        Any experience trying to run a corporation for elected office?  I'd love to hear it.

    Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

    by Zydekos on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 04:13:06 PM PST

  •  All joking aside, this wouldn't be inherently bad. (1+ / 0-)
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    Zydekos

    It could actually become something similar to how in a lot of countries, you vote for the party rather than individual politicians, and then the party appoints however many members of parliament they got based on their percentage of the vote. In America, if corporations could run for office, it could function in pretty much the same way.

    In reality, what would have to happen is for a corporation to appoint an individual human being to run for the office and he could just legally change his name to the name of the corporation, but he could be the corporation's CEO, appointed by its board and shareholders.

    Eric Stetson -- Entrepreneur and Visionary. www.ericstetson.com

    by Eric Stetson on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 04:16:52 PM PST

    •  I wonder if it has been done? (0+ / 0-)

      My objective in this proposal is really the opposite of having corporations recognized as people and able to run for office.

      I really would like for the Corporatists to take this matter back to the Supreme Court and get their pet jurists to reverse their decision that endows corporations with human rights and privileges.

      Hell, if corporations are people, then we could have one appointed to the Supreme Court.

      Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

      by Zydekos on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 04:28:24 PM PST

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