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Corporation Runs for Congress


In response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on corporate political spending, the first "corporate person" has launched a satirical campaign for Congress in Maryland.

Murray Hill Inc. is filing to run in the Republican primary in the eighth congressional district in Montgomery County, Md. A news release from the campaign applauds last month's Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, for upholding its rights as a "corporate person."

"The strength of America," Murray Hill Inc. said, "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?"

"It's our democracy. We bought it, we paid for it, and we're going to keep it," says the release.

Campaign manager William Klein appeared on TheDylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC Monday to talk about the effort, which he positioned as a civil rights struggle to recognize the rights of the corporate person.

However, Klein suggested that the campaign does not support gay rights.

"We are against same-sex mergers," he told Ratigan.

Watch the video below.

The campaign video for Murray Hill Inc., also below, has garnered nearly 50,000 page views on YouTube.

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