The Chamber of Commerce, Lewis Powell, and “Activist-Minded Court”- AlterNet Excerpt

UPDATE: Great to see the interest  in this issue, and in winning republican democracy back for America- this except of my book is one of the most read/most emailed stories on AlterNet! I hope you’ll check it out.

The Real History of ‘Corporate Personhood’: Meet the Man to Blame for Corporations Having More Rights Than You

The real history of today’s excessive corporate power starts with a tobacco lawyer appointed to the Supreme Court.
December 6, 2011  |

1973 Supreme Court
In 1971, Lewis Powell, a mild-mannered, courtly, and shrewd corporate lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, soon to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court, wrote a memorandum to his client, the United States Chamber of Commerce. He outlined a critique and a plan that changed America.
You can read more here.  

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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