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Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood
San Francisco County
Declaration of Policy - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 260595 / 80.99% Yes votes ...... 61181 / 19.01% No votes
Index of all Propositions
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Shall it be City policy that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings and should be subject to political spending limits?
|Arguments For Proposition G||Arguments Against Proposition G|
|Vote for Prop G: Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood
San Francisco has strong campaign finance laws to limit
the excessive influence of corporations and interest
groups on public officials and election outcomes. But our
elections are threatened by the recent Citizens United vs.
the FEC Supreme Court decision which ruled that corporations
have the same constitutional rights as human beings
and spending an unlimited amount of money on politics is
the same as free speech protected by the Bill of Rights.
Although corporations can make important contributions
to our society using advantages that the government has
granted them, corporations are NOT people. The
Constitution was written to protect the rights of human
beings, not corporations. Granting multinational corporations
artificial rights above and beyond the individual
rights of their shareholders undermines the rights of
Spending huge amounts of money to buy election results
is not free speech -- it is bought speech. We must set limits
on campaign spending and contributions to Super
PACs by billionaires, which drown out the voices of ordinary
We can influence the Supreme Court's reading of our
Constitution by passing an amendment that authorizes
limits on campaign contributions and spending and ends
artificial rights for corporations.
Proposition G affirms that San Franciscans oppose
Corporate Personhood and unlimited corporate spending
in elections and sends a message to our representatives
in Congress that the reversal of the Supreme Court's ruling
is a priority.
Unlimited corporate spending has no place in elections,
and our democracy should never be for sale. That's why
organizations like Common Cause, businesses like
CREDO Mobile, and all 11 members of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors urge you to vote YES on G.
|If you write essays supporting your favorite candidates
and spend your money to publish them, everyone agrees
this is protected as free speech under the First
But what if you and a group of friends who like your
essays get together and form a media company called
San Francisco Friends Press Inc. (SFFP) for the purpose of
We believe the right to free speech still applies, and that
you and your friends acting as SFFP should be able to
legally spend the group's money to publish your essays.
The U.S. Supreme Court in its Citizens United decision
agreed that people's free speech rights do not disappear
when they act together cooperatively, whether as a corporation,
a union, or a nonprofit like the Citizens United itself.
Proponents of Proposition G say no. They claim that as a
corporation, SFFP should face restrictions on publishing
your essays. Yet if SFFP were a union or a nonprofit, no
problem -- Prop. G says nothing about restricting the
legal rights of those groups to promote political views,
even though they aren't "persons" any more than corporations
Proposition G claims the Constitution and Bill of Rights
are "intended to protect the rights of individual human
beings" and that "corporations are specifically not mentioned
in the Constitution as deserving of rights entitled
to human beings."
By this logic, government agencies would have the
power to search your company's offices without a warrant
or reasonable cause, or quarter troops there without
the company's consent, since the Constitutional rights
guaranteed under the Third and Fourth amendments
don't apply to corporations!
Proposition G is inconsistent and dangerously flawed. It
threatens the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of
the press, and other freedoms we take for granted.
Please vote NO!
Libertarian Party of San Francisco