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article imageOp-Ed: Murray Hill Inc. aims to point out flaw in Supremes ruling

By Oliver VanDervoort     Jan 28, 2010 in Politics
Following the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission which allows unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. satirically announced it is filing to run for the United States Congress.
"Until now," Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement, "corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence-peddling to achieve their goals in Washington. But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves."
A company spokesman continued: "The strength of America, is in the boardrooms, country clubs and Lear jets of America's great corporations. We're saying to Wal-Mart, AIG and Pfizer, if not you, who? If not now, when?" the spokesman added: "It's our democracy. We bought it, we paid for it, and we're going to keep it."
The corporation has designated a human, Eric Hensal to fill out the campaign paperwork, as well as voter registration. Hensal said he's excited about the opportunity, saying "We want to get in on the ground floor of the democracy market before the whole store is bought by China."
Murray Hill has announced that it will run in the Republican Primary in Maryland's eighth congressional district.
The campaign's manager, William Klein has promised an aggressive, forward thinking campaign which will "put people second, or even third"
Of course the corporation cannot actually run for congress, but instead appears to be pointing out where the flaws in the Supreme Court's ruling lies, that they have in essence made it possible for a company to almost literally buy an election.
Originally, I actually thought there were going to at least attempt an actual run, to see what would happen, but it appears this is more satire than fact, and have thus edited this slightly to reflect that.
Satire or not, the very real issues the Supreme Court has opened this country up by overturning over 100 years of precedent appears to be making even the corporate world raise their eyebrows.
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