Resources to "Corporate Personhood"

Reclaim Democracy on "Corporate Personhood"

Wikipedia page on the "Corporate Personhood" debate

Information on the upcoming Citizens United versus FEC case: Contains a FULL LIST of the more than 40 briefs filed in this case as well as the cases filed by public officials including Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley together with 25 other States Attorneys General

Amicus Brief representing 5 citizens groups concerned about corporations and democracy filed in U.S. Supreme Court to uphold restrictions on corporate political campaign expenditures filed by Attorney Jeffrey Clements.

Press Release for the Amicus Brief

Articles & Books


U.S. Supreme Court v Democracy: Crucial Battle Underway
Century-old precedent barring direct corporate spending to control election outcomes is under attack by the Court's radicals
by Reclaim Democracy

Supreme Court to Revisit 'Hillary' Documentary
By ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times, published August 29, 2009

A Century-Old Principle: Keep Corporate Money Out of Elections
By ADAM COHEN, New York Times, published: August 10, 2009

Chief Justice Roberts: Judicial Activist for Corporate Power

The Citizens United Case: Will the Supreme Court Return America to the 19th Century?

Pure Overreach
New York Times editorial July 5, 2009

Intel's Human Rights
New York Times, August 16, 2009

POCLAD open letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

Elections for Radicals: A Call to Democratize U.S. Elections
by David Cobb

By What Authority
The regular newsletter of POCLAD

Corporations and the Bill of Rights

Books on Corporations and Democracy

Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy

Gaveling Down the Rabble

POCLAD Books (a collection)


The Council on International and Public Affairs is a non-profit research, education, and publishing group. Its publishing arm, the Apex Press, publishes much of POCLAD's material.

The Program on Corporations, Law And Democracy is the first national democracy group to introduce the concept of "corporate personhood" and challenge corporate to usurpation the rights of citizens to govern.

Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County
Working to control corporate power in California.

Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
"Challenging Corporate Power, Asserting the People's Rights" Campaign

WILPF produces a superb study guide, "Challenging Corporate Power, Asserting the People's Rights," available free (pdf) online.

Ohio Committee on Corporations, Law and Democracy

Reclaim Democracy
A nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring democratic authority over corporations and revitalizing grassroots democracy.

Common Cause
A national network of active citizens who fight to ensure that powerful institutions in society — including government, corporations, and the news media — serve the public interest, not narrow special interests.

Democracy 21
Democracy 21 is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to making democracy work for all Americans and working to eliminate the undue influence of big money in American politics and to ensure the integrity and fairness of government decisions and elections. The organization promotes campaign finance reform and other political reforms to accomplish these goals.

Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution
Liberty Tree collaborates with organizations and individuals to build strategic pro-democracy campaigns that directly challenge illegitimate power, dismantle oppression, and develop the skills necessary to lay the foundation for a democratic revolution.

National Lawyers Guild: Committee on Corporations, the Constitution & Human Rights

Corporate research website by George Draffan, author of Elite Consensus. Click "Primer" then "A Little History" for a 13 page listing of corporate history.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
Provides support for grassroots efforts that attempt to reassert citizen sovereignty over the corporation...

The 180 Movement for Democracy and Education
The 180 Movement for Democracy and Education is dedicated to helping build a campus and community based movement for political empowerment and participatory democracy...
Thousands of titles on creating an ecologically sustainable, socially just and democratic world. Dozens of independent, non-corporate publishers and non-profit groups (including POCLAD).

Redwood Coast Alliance for Democracy
Resolution on Corporate Personhood in the City of Point Arena, CA. Original resolution text and the one finally passed. Declaration to End Corporate Personhood and Santa Clara Blues.

Thom Hartmann's book, Unequal Protection on Corporate Personhood and good resources.
Big Medicine website on corporate personhood. Many articles collected and items found nowhere else.
Green Party of Arizona (with others) working on a ballot initiative abolishing corporate personhood.

San Francisco Personhood
San Francisco group working to pass a resolution through the SF Board of Supervisors. This is an unmoderated list serve on Yahoo that is quite lively. It also has meetings and events listed.

New Rules Project
Working on legislation in Minnesota including overturning corporate personhood. Offers models for rules encouraging community empowerment.

Essential Action
Has a section on commercial free speech and other issues covered by Multinational Monitor (a group founded by Ralph Nader).

Free Press
Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media.