Corporations and Personhood

So the Supreme Court said that corporations were “people. It equated corporate identity with that of individual identify. In effect it granted corporations personhood.

One would have to assume that once the ruling was made, all corporations were immediately “naturalized” as citizens so they could enjoy the rights and PROTECTIONS granted by the US Constitution to individuals.

If indeed a corporation is a person as argued by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Common (N0. 08-205) should they not also be constrained by the same campaign finance laws that affect individual ‘human” persons and the legal limits on how much they can contribute to campaigns. Shouldn’t a corporation now have to comply with the following Individual contribution limits imposed on individuals contributing to candidates for all Federal offices?

  • $2,400 per Election to a Federal candidate — Each primary, runoff, and general election counts as a separate election.
  • $30,400 per calendar year to a national party committee — applies separately to a party’s national committee, and House and Senate campaign committee.
  • $10,000 per calendar year to state, district & local party committees
  • $5,000 per calendar year to state, district & local party committee

Aggregate Total — $115,500 per two-year election cycle as follows:

  • $45,600 per two-year cycle to candidates
  • $69,000 per two-year cycle to all national party committees and PAC

So did the Supreme Court actually tie the hands of corporations and drastically reduce and limit campaign contribution amounts by granting them personhood and individual identity?

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