Haines Takes Stand Against 'Corporate Personhood'

Residents of the southeast Alaska community of Haines have taken a stance against the legal concept that gives corporations rights like those of an individual.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Residents of the southeast Alaska community of Haines have taken a stance against the legal concept that gives corporations rights like those of an individual.


Voters last week approved an amendment to the local charter saying constitutional rights and those set out by the charter are guaranteed only to people - not to "artificial entities."


This and similar efforts around the country are aimed at a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations, unions and others to raise and spend unlimited campaign funds.


Supporters of Haines' Proposition 1 hope the vote will lead to a groundswell that state legislatures and Congress won't be able to ignore. Critics worry the language could leave the borough liable should an ordinance be enacted.

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