Corporations Are Stealing My Vote

Corporations are not citizens. They are not people. Corporations are not voters. Among the many election campaign reforms required to clean up the corruption that is destroying our elected representatives and the seats from which they govern is the elimination of corporate campaign contributions.

I have nothing against corporations. I like corporations—most of them, anyway. Incorporating a business allows limited legal protection to persons investing their time and treasure to the success of a business. A business in which investors believe rewards out weigh the risks. The risk of losing their time and treasure. The investment is an individual choice. One is not forced to invest in an enterprise. The legal protection of incorporating a business does not protect the business and its assets in the event the business fails. The legal protection is extended to the individual investors—protection from being personally sued for their personal assets (e.g. their home, vehicles, property, etc.) in the event the business fails. Incorporating does not, however, protect an employee of the business from criminal behavior, thank goodness.

In effect, the legal mechanism of incorporating gives an individual a measure of protection, thereby allowing them greater latitude to take risks with their time and treasure to see to the success of the business. Laws of incorporation are not perfect, but they do provide a measure of protection necessary to grow new businesses, new enterprises, new ideas, new inventions, in a free-market system. That’s what we want.  Americans are by nature risk takers.

But, corporations are not people. People are people. Only people, citizens, may cast votes at the ballot box. Voters may cast but one vote. Voters may individually contribute time and treasure to the election candidate of their choice. Our time and treasure and our vote is the only influence we have on the election. Why on earth would we allow a business or corporation to contribute to the coffers of election campaigns? If only voters can vote, why would we allow a non-voting entity to influence elections?

To that end, why is a corporation that is based in Michigan allowed to contribute campaign money to a candidate in another state?  Am I allowed to vote for a U.S. senator outside my state?  I get to cast one vote for each open seat, why then are corporations allowed to cast their influence on more than one candidate?

Personally, it makes me feel like my precious vote is worth-less.

 

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