RIP Richard Grossman

“There’s a corporate class that has enormous wealth, and the power of law behind it. Is it really true that the majority of the American people over the last twenty-five years didn’t want a major transition in energy to move to efficiency and solar, didn’t want universal health care, but wanted pig genes in fish?”

Richard Grossman, a pioneer in recognizing the perils of mistaking corporate entities for people with rights, has died. He was a founder of Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD), one of the groups that joined in my Supreme Court brief in the Citizens United case, and an inspiration for many.  Here’s his obituary from the Washington Post.

About Jeff Clements

Jeff serves as President of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff
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