New coalition says corporations aren't people


by Your Alaska Link News Team

A new coalition wants Alaska political leaders and candidates to sign a pledge declaring that only people have rights, and not corporations and unions.

Reports say the grassroots We the People Alaska coalition is launching its effort Monday in 11 communities, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai.

Gershon Cohen says his group is trying to raise the nation's consciousness in the hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn its 2010 decision.

The high court ruled that corporations, unions and other entities had a free-speech right to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns as long as they didn't work directly with a candidate.