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Halloran Says He Will Vote Against Resolution for Supreme Court Ruling

Councilman opposes resolution that says "corporations are not persons."

Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, said he plans to vote against a City Council resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to declare that “corporations are not persons.”

The council will vote today on a resolution that will oppose the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

The court’s 2010 ruling held that the First Amendment prohibits government from limiting independent spending for political purposes by unions and corporations.

In a statement, Halloran said he would not support the City Council resolution. The statement reads:

“It’s a politically motivated bill designed to limit political speech to anyone who might oppose the Council’s anti-growth, anti-jobs agenda. 

Everyone, from union members to corporate board members and everyone in between, ought to be able to contribute freely to the candidates and causes of their choosing. This is America.  We are guaranteed the right to free speech, no matter what your political persuasion might be. 

While I've been trying to cut taxes and fees for New Yorkers, some of my colleagues in the Council would rather send aimless political missives to Washington. My constituents sent me to City Hall to get results, not to waste their time and money making political statements.”

In December, the Los Angeles City Council voted to support the idea that as individual Americans under the Constitution in terms of political contributions.

Doug Stevens January 09, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Let me get this straight... The world watched, in real time, as two planes flew into the Twin Towers, which subsequently fell, and I'm the fool because I don't think they collapsed as a result of nano thermite charges placed in the building by George Bush and his cronies? Give it a rest buddy!! Also, I am confused, when did George Bush and the Republicans kill 3 million Americans? Please enlighten me Socrates.
Nathan Duke January 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
While I'm glad to see people commenting on the story, I'd like to please ask everyone to remain on topic and civil, despite differences of opinion. Thanks!
Arthur J caputo January 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Your logic is that of a fool . Perfect for the republican party.Don't believe ME Believe the scientist and the 500 firemen who testified they heard the timed explosives. The proof is there to see . Pictures of the Nano thermites damage cutting through steel beams at the base of the towers. Why do you think they got rid of the steel overseas so fast. Power does what it wants .If you held the keys to the prison are you going to lock yourself up,silly boy? Cheney standing down the NORAD jet interceptors . First time in 68 years. etc.Your ignorance is alarming .Bombing the Iraqie civilians and making refugees out of the people that survived.I bet you didn't know that BIN LADEN worked for the CIA , either. That's what you and the rest of the criminals would like us to do ,give it a rest .so that mass murderers can go around free and unaccountable You'll never hear the truth on the corporate news media. Stick with Beyonce and Lindsey Logan and go watch Dancing with the Stars . This is way over your head ,sadly.. .
Doug Stevens January 10, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Nano Thermite...Nano Thermite...George Bush...Nano Thermite...Dick Cheney...War for Oil...Nano Thermite!!!
Arthur J caputo March 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Another idiot.

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