Should Corporations be Permitted to Donate Directly to Politicians?

Posted by: Tyranus

16 Total Votes

No! It is essentially corruption and bribery in how companies use extreme amounts of influence to persuade politicians to represent their interests.

10 votes

Yes! As stated by the Supreme Court, corporations are people and can donate just like individuals.

6 votes
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yetifivepecks says2014-06-02T20:56:46.5205610-05:00
@Iambarum: It's not about which party is receiving donations from corporations or unions (at least to me). It's about the fact that corporations are not people. They are made up of people who are free to give individually. Corporations give anonymously right now, with basically no restrictions at all. They also give to both parties. Also, both parties are scum.
discomfiting says2014-06-02T21:05:33.9018970-05:00
I like how they coincidentally left out koch brothers ;) note that those statistics were based off of 1989-2012. You think 92 million in that time period is a lot, they donate more than triple.
discomfiting says2014-06-02T21:20:26.3594916-05:00
Ffs, they've spent over a 60 million dollars in 2012 presidential election just to get obama out of the white house. In a single presidential election spent 60 million dollars. Take a minuet to let that sink inside your thick skull Lambarum
dmussi12 says2014-06-03T14:15:42.6701682-05:00
@yetifivepecks Corporations are recognized as people under the law, meaning they cannot be stripped of rights that actual people have. This has been recognized since the 1800's and has been reaffirmed in courts plenty of times. Http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Corporate_personhood
Duncan says2014-06-04T08:27:28.9635734-05:00
If corporations are to be treated as people, surely they should all be committed to mental health institutions as they clearly display psychopathic tendencies. Superficial charm (branding), absence of guilt or empathy (lawsuits and pollution), inability to accept responsibility, and mistreatment of animals (battery farms, slaughterhouses and testing on animals)
dmussi12 says2014-06-04T09:19:05.3917648-05:00
That's not exactly how it works. And it's kind of ironic that you said they have an inability to accept responsibility because the entire purpose of corporate personhood is so the leaders of the company are not directly responsible to shareholders. That way shareholders/other corporations can sue corporations and not the board or CEO. It is a layer of protection, really, but the legal premise cannot be accepted on one level and rejected on the next. And the answer to your statement would be that yes, they are 'people,' but they are not men and not sentient, so they can't have human attributes. There is no mind to be mentally ill.
yetifivepecks says2014-06-05T21:28:37.2212557-05:00
@dmussi12: The question is, essentially, whether or not I think corporations should be given the same rights as people. I say no. Therefore, our current asinine law is irrelevant.

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