Corporations are not people!
Corporations are not people. They don't breathe. They don't have a pulse. And it seems kind of silly to defend their freedom of speech given the simple fact that CORPORATIONS CAN'T TALK!
Corporations are business entities that are owned by people and they are beholden only to their shareholders. Can someone please explain to me the logic behind treating corporations as if they were people? How is this a good idea?
Don't get me wrong. The people who own/run/work for corporations are most definitely people. They should be—and are—able to vote, contribute to candidates and say whatever the hell they want. And I have no problem with the directors of a corporation telling the people who work for them that they feel a particular issue or candidate is in the best interest of the company (as long as this lobbying doesn't reach the level of harassment). Then it's up to the employees to decide if the company's interests mesh with their own interests, and how to prioritize those interests against the interests of society at large. As is, this gives corporations the potential of having many voices in the political process. But these voices should be limited to living, breathing people. The corporation itself should stay out of it.
A corporation's responsibility is to create profit for its shareholders. Corporations have no responsibility toward society at large. If it could, a corporation would enslave us all, steal our natural resources and force us to buy its products. It might not be the moral thing to do, but it would be great for profitability! And here's a little secret... corporations don't have morals! This shouldn't be a big surprise, given that, again, they aren't really people. They don't follow a code of ethics unless required to do so by government regulations. Even then many of them have trouble behaving themselves. Now I'm not saying that perception isn't somewhat important to corporations, so sure they try to make it look like they care, but looks can be deceiving. Legally they can only look after the interests of their shareholders. They don't really care about anything else.
Given this reality, corporations should not be allowed to fund political campaigns. They should not be allowed to fund political parties.They should not be allowed to fund political action committees. They should not be allowed to fund any political advertisements, directly or indirectly, beyond their internal employee newsletters and press releases. Its bad enough that they can pay lobbyists to talk directly to politicians. They shouldn't be allowed to pay those candidates as well.
If the owners of a corporation want to support a political issue or candidate, then they can spend their own money doing so. They have a voice in the process just like everybody else. It is unfair to us if they get a second puppet voice through their corporation (a puppet voice with very deep pockets). If they want more corporate money going toward their issue, and they think they have a leg to stand on, then they can pay higher wages to their employees and encourage them to contribute as well... as individuals. Then everyone wins!
The recent Supreme Court decision is unconscionable. It throws out centuries of precedent and brings corporations even closer to personhood, moving our country even further in the wrong direction. This is the stuff dystopian societies are made of.