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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.

Arthur J caputo January 05, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Now Halloran is acting like the true republican that he is. Yea, corporations are people. So says a corrupt supreme court .Republican appointed hacks acting NOT in the best interest of the country and it's people but for corporations to try and buy elections. Of course ,buy republican elections. I fear for my country and where it's heading Too many corrupt and evil people are gaining access to power.
David R. Yale January 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM
If corporations are people, why haven't they been brought to trial and sent to jail for crashing the economy? Answer me that, Mr. Halloran! You're out of step with your constituency and with the people of New York City.
Arthur J caputo January 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Good point ,Mr Yale. Also, socialism is bad and tossed around as evil when you help the people but it's great when you have corporate welfare.bailing them out,,then it's ok.Hypocrites ,liars and crooks.
Dan Halloran January 09, 2012 at 03:11 AM
How about the facts without the slant... I pointed out that the City's Resolution showed the Council’s political bias & hypocrisy; it seeks to ban business contributions (even small biz), while allowing unions to contribute at will. Corporations, like unions, are merely a collection of stakeholders. however, unlike unions, they pay additional taxes and have separate disclosure and legal constraints. My position is that “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, We are guaranteed the right to free speech," unless, for Campaign Finance Reform to work, " NEITHER corporations nor Unions (and certainly not Political PACs) should be permitted to give. But we cannot have two sets of rules." I also pointed out that the resolution is meaningless and does not affect Federal Court decision. If the Council was serious about reform then it would make the changes to the City's broken CFB rules, that the non-partisasn CFB has recommended. Those proposed changes were to curb Union spending and manpower in local elections, which was opposed by intense lobbying from certain political interests... I guess its only the free speech we want to hear that counts...
Doug Stevens January 09, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Well said Councilman!
Nathan Duke (Editor) January 09, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I have updated the story to include the councilman's statement in italics.
Arthur J caputo January 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
One point you missed. I think it;'s very important . Yes the union MEMBERS can contribute just as people who work for corporations BEFORE the CITIZENS UNITED decision could contribute.to candidates. . But Now the CORPORATIONS themselves ,with their rich resources, are now tapping into their collective wealth ,as a BUSINESS to buy elections Don't tell me they are people. Using their shareholders money. ,many of them not agreeing with the chosen candidates.Just take a position ,no matter it has no weight in the courts so we the electorate will know were your at and vote accordingly. Speaking for myself ,i know where the republican leadersh[p in Washington is coming from. Voting to continue tax cuts for the rich, to continue tax subsidies for the rich oil companies, Who do the republicans want to pay for the lost revenues? Us. Cutting , hospitals, teachers ,firehouses, Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits,etc All on our collective backs.Then stonewalling the appointment of a Consumer czar to help the people . Lucky Obama used a recess appointment to fill that much needed position just as Bush used that outlet to appoint his selections..
Doug Stevens January 09, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Nano thermite! Cha, cha, cha...
Arthur J caputo January 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Seems like the killing and misplacing a countries people, 2 million refugees, and the blatant killing of 3 million of their own Americans for money is a joke to you . With idiots like you they will continue their sick and evil agenda when and if they get elected again , thanks to fools like you.,getting away with mass murder. These Godless scum will forever burn in hell for their crimes against humanity.
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 (Editor) 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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