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|The recent decision has nothing to do with corporate personhood. The First Amendment extends free speech protection to everyone, and Justice Stevens acknowledged that. The US Supreme Court had ruled in 1964 that a corporation, the New York Times, enjoys First Amendment protection against restrictive libel laws. The US Supreme Court had ruled in 1978 that corporations enjoy First Amendment protection to speak out on ballot issues. The US Supreme Court had ruled in 2007 that the First Amendment protects corporate speech to mention federal candidates as long as they don't say explicitly to vote for or against them.|
Corporate personhood only relates to the 14th amendment. The First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech" and that has always been held to apply to groups of all kinds, including corporations. People just aren't paying attention to these basic historical facts.
--- On Wed, 1/27/10, Webmail pamellison <pamel...@isp.com> wrote: