Montana Republican Proposes Bill Giving Corporations The Right To Vote

Well, since they are people after all, fair is fair. ThinkProgress reveals:

A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections:

Provision for vote by corporate property owner. If a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election.

The bill does contain some limits on these new corporate voting rights. Corporations would not be entitled to vote in “school elections,” and the bill only applies to municipal elections. So state and federal elections would remain beyond the reach of the new corporate voters. In fairness to Lavin’s fellow lawmakers, this bill was tabled shortly after it came before a legislative committee, so it is unlikely to become law.

34 Comments on "Montana Republican Proposes Bill Giving Corporations The Right To Vote"

  1. Calypso_1 | Mar 1, 2013 at 11:14 am |

    One thought & one thought only and I can’t say it here.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Mar 1, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    YES CUZ FREEDUMB!

  3. emperorreagan | Mar 1, 2013 at 11:37 am |

    When can corporations get marital rights? What if DynCorp and I want to get married?

  4. If corporations want the right to vote, I’ll take it as proof that voting still matters.

  5. Ok, either we have all gone completely insane or this fool of a Congressman is looking to see how far we can be pushed. I can see his next ad for re-election; him with a foolish grin waving from a breast pocket with the name Monsanto stitched on it.

    Again, if the citizens of the United States are that much in the way of progress, why don’t they just shoot us all in the head and avoid all this droll suspense?

  6. Ok, either we have all gone completely insane or this fool of a Congressman is looking to see how far we can be pushed. I can see his next ad for re-election; him with a foolish grin waving from a breast pocket with the name Monsanto stitched on it.

    Again, if the citizens of the United States are that much in the way of progress, why don’t they just shoot us all in the head and avoid all this droll suspense?

  7. saint_al | Mar 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm |

    If corporations are ‘people’, then they could be executed for capital crimes?

  8. saint_al | Mar 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm |

    If corporations are ‘people’, then they could be executed for capital crimes?

  9. Coyne Tibbets | Mar 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm |

    Shoot, why not just finish the charade in style? Take last year’s income, divide by $20,000 and round up; that’s “individual’s” number of votes (no income no vote). So, in Montana, Microsoft gets 2.8 million votes and each of the 1 million average citizens of Montana gets 1 vote. That’s fair, right?

    Well, you don’t think Microsoft is going to be satisfied with just 1 measly vote, do you?

  10. Coyne Tibbets | Mar 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm |

    Shoot, why not just finish the charade in style? Take last year’s income, divide by $20,000 and round up; that’s “individual’s” number of votes (no income no vote). So, in Montana, Microsoft gets 2.8 million votes and each of the 1 million average citizens of Montana gets 1 vote. That’s fair, right?

    Well, you don’t think Microsoft is going to be satisfied with just 1 measly vote, do you?

    • InfvoCuernos | Mar 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm |

      I’m sure that is where this idea is heading. If the corporation gets votes in addition to its owners’ votes, then its already getting more votes than the regular people. It also means it can vote in opposition to the will of its employees- you know like voting down pro-union legislation. Also, it can use the extra votes to cover both parties, like the lobbyists do now anyway, but with votes instead of “just” campaign contributions. The corporations will be the new equestrian class. Soon all the plebeians will not even bother to show up for the elections. I wonder who shall be our new Caesar?

  11. ParanoidCoast | Mar 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm |

    Another Jonathan Swift perhaps? “A Modest Proposal”

  12. BuzzCoastin | Mar 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm |

    corporations don’t need to vote
    they already own the government

  13. BuzzCoastin | Mar 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm |

    corporations don’t need to vote
    they already own the government

  14. Hadrian999 | Mar 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm |

    so everybody found a couple of corporations and place some of your property in it’s possession, anyone can play that game, not just the big boys

  15. Collectivist capitalism.

  16. Collectivist capitalism.

  17. lazy_friend | Mar 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm |

    capitalism only benefits the ones that have capital.

    • If you have one usable arm you have capital.

      • lazy_friend | Mar 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm |

        well than I am a rich mofo and didnt know it. I guess I must sell these limbs to science for money

        • You know capital is any means of production, right? If you sell your arms for money, you’ll have less capital and less real wealth.

          • lazy_friend | Mar 2, 2013 at 11:19 am |

            production does not always translate to cash. A lot of people I know produce a lot with services and are still struggling because they get paid dirt

          • lazy_friend | Mar 2, 2013 at 11:48 am |

            In fact being useful with manual labor will almost ensure that you will become another wage slave, if you are not connected to the right people I am talking about a significant amount of money in the bank either received as a grant, loan, sponsorship or inheritance as capital. Money one can invest or hire cheap labor to make that capital grow.

          • Money isn’t a means of production, it’s a token of exchange.

          • lazy_friend | Mar 2, 2013 at 11:53 am |

            it also compensation. Its value. its only a means of exchange to the working class. Some just have load of money. A mechanism of control. Quit the trolling.

          • lazy_friend | Mar 2, 2013 at 11:53 am |

            it also compensation. Its value. its only a means of exchange to the working class. Some just have load of money. A mechanism of control. Quit the trolling.

          • I’m not trolling. Money’s only value is what you can get others to
            do or give you for it. It’s never anything more than a means of
            exchange, except to the delusional. It’s a promissory note, an
            agreement–money is speech, not real wealth. But that’s how it’s used
            as a mechanism of control, those who own actual capital, like land to
            grow food, blackmail the rest of us into working for them. It’s not
            because they have so much cash, it’s because they control the means of
            production. People don’t struggle because they don’t have enough money,
            they struggle because others demand too much money for shelter and food
            and health care. I believe that difference is crucial, especially in
            an age of Finance Capitalism, when most money is being made from other
            money, and from debt, as opposed to creating things of actual use for
            actual people in need (the other main reason prices are rising).
            Economically, we’re putting the cart before the horse. We’ve reified
            and deified money.

          • lazy_friend | Mar 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm |

            Yeah, that’s the ultimate truth of how things should be, what the problem is. But the fact is that people paper chase as means of production are hard to come by. Talent without industry is pretty much useless under this paradigm. Trust me, I try to understand the truth about economics and my views are most likely very similar to yours. Just seems like you are barking up the wrong tree here.

          • lazy_friend | Mar 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm |

            Yeah, that’s the ultimate truth of how things should be, what the problem is. But the fact is that people paper chase as means of production are hard to come by. Talent without industry is pretty much useless under this paradigm. Trust me, I try to understand the truth about economics and my views are most likely very similar to yours. Just seems like you are barking up the wrong tree here.

  18. buffalo beano | Mar 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm |

    Where does this trash come from are these republican mules for the 1% serious .

  19. Yes! Because having more votes that eligible voters is the American way -_-

  20. Yes! Because having more votes that eligible voters is the American way -_-

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