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Corporations in Electoral Process: On the Agenda

City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall

Cleveland Heights City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. to consider resolutions recommended by its committees.

First, council will consider a resolution that would authorize acting city manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil to enter into agreements with the , and the Noble-Nela Merchants Association to use Community Development Block Grant funds for operating, administrative and project costs. Council will also vote on an agreement with Miami Valley International Trucks to buy a refuse collection vehicle through the Ohio Department of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program.

A resolution opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution regarding corporations' involvement in the electoral process is also on the agenda. The resolution would support "an amendment to the Constitution to provide that corporations are not entitled to the entirety of protections or “rights” of natural persons, specifically so that the expenditures of corporate money to influence the electoral process is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech."

The resolution would be the city's call on Congress to begin working on an amendment.

The city will also vote on declaring a few residential properties as nuisances.

The meeting will take place at the council chambers at .

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Garry Kanter June 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
"A resolution opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution regarding corporations' involvement in the electoral process is also on the agenda. The resolution would support "an amendment to the Constitution to provide that corporations are not entitled to the entirety of protections or “rights” of natural persons, specifically so that the expenditures of corporate money to influence the electoral process is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech."" Great job, Move To Amend folks!!!
Sam Bell June 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Right issue, wrong remedy. The Citizens United decision has upset decades of previously established law limiting corporate contributions to politically active organizations, citing first amendment rights. Council, and all citizens, should be troubled by this. The proposed remedy, a constitutional amendment, however, is not required, and is rather like swatting at a mosquito with a howitzer. Corporations derive their personhood from the statutes which allow for their creation. All that is required is to amend the statutory basis of their existence, specifically denying the existence of any such supposed rights. Although this would require coordinated action by each state’s legislature, it could easily be done as part of the routine updating of the Uniform Commercial Code (which is in effect throughout the country.)
joe simonton June 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
its good to see that a city like cleveland hts is so worried about the supreme court, but not the 18% of the cities kids that drop out before getting a diploma

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