I am a staunch supporter of House Bill 244, which was introduced in the Alaska House by Rep. Scott Kawasaki.
The bill reads: “An act providing that for-profit corporations and limited liability companies organized in this state are not persons for the purposes of influencing the outcomes of public office elections, initiatives, referendums, or recalls. We do not believe that corporations are people nor should they have the ability to influence our elections.”
The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court is the worst decision by the high court in recent history.
We are humans who can feel, eat, drink and walk into a voting booth and vote, but a corporation cannot. Money does not equal the voice of a human being. The Supreme Court has given large, multinational corporations the legal right to spend unlimited amounts of money, anonymously, to buy American elections. Corporations have all the rights of citizens without the responsibility and obligation of a human citizen. Legislators are no longer elected to office by citizens; they are bought and paid for by anonymous corporate donations to campaigns. The right of the American citizen to vote for and elect officials has been stolen.
The corporation was created to protect the public interest, but today, it has one purpose; to make money. Corporations want legislators who will pass or not pass certain pieces of legislation to make more money. Corporations were stopped from doing harm to our environment and to the health of our citizens by regulations and laws. Even so, powerful corporations wield money, which affords power, in the halls of Congress and state legislatures to influence pending legislation or change existing laws. Then, the Supreme Court goes further by granting corporations the right of speech (money), which will corrode and destroy the election process in this country. Elections are not about which candidate is best, but which candidate raises the most money to win. This is an American citizen issue. Millions of dollars are pouring into campaigns via multinational corporations, and that means other countries are impacting our elections!
As a citizen of Alaska and the U.S., I stand behind HB 244! Corporations are not persons; money is not speech, and corporations should not be able to give unlimited, anonymous donations to political campaigns. I urge everyone to contact all members of the State House Affairs Committee by finding contact information for them at www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_com_info
.asp?comm=HSTA&session=27) and tell them you support HB 244.