Friday, August 13, 2010
1st Amendment under attack-Part2
Here we have liberal progressives targeting (no pun intended) a company, Target Corp, for giving $150K to a GOP candidate to help them get elected.
As BowelMoveon.org puts it "Target is receiving criticism and frustration from their customers because they are doing something wrong, and that should serve absolutely as an example for other companies,"
BUT in the recent bailout bill that Congress just passed, which gives $26B to states and their AFT unions to keep some schools stay open, there is a stipulation within the bill that allows those unions to strip money off the top to finance political Ads in favor of DNC candidates against their GOP rivals.
The Progressive argument is that Corporations are not people, so they don’t have a right to freedom of speech, guaranteed by the US Constitution.
However, the 1st amendment clearly states “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech”
Nowhere does it say abridging the freedom of speech of the “PEOPLE”
On top of it, the picture above shows those Progressives handing out lititure to 'KIDS'...Indoctrination?
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Protesters have been rallying outside Target Corp. or its stores almost daily since the retailer angered gay rights supporters and progressives by giving money to help a conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota. Liberal groups are pushing to make an example of the company, hoping its woes will deter other businesses from putting their corporate funds into elections.
A national gay rights group is negotiating with Target officials, demanding that the firm balance the scale by making comparable donations to benefit candidates it favors. Meanwhile, the controversy is threatening to complicate Target's business plans in other urban markets. Several city officials in San Francisco, one of the cities where Target hopes to expand, have begun criticizing the company.
"Target is receiving criticism and frustration from their customers because they are doing something wrong, and that should serve absolutely as an example for other companies," said Ilyse Hogue, director of political advocacy for the liberal group MoveOn.org, which is pressing Target to formally renounce involvement in election campaigns.
But conservative organizations are likely to react harshly if Target makes significant concessions to the left-leaning groups.
The flap has revealed new implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling that appeared to benefit corporations by clearing the way for them to spend company funds directly in elections. Companies taking sides in political campaigns risk alienating customers who back other candidates.
Target's $150,000 donation to a business-oriented group supporting Republican Tom Emmer, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, was one of the first big corporate contributions to become known after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out prohibitions on corporate spending in elections earlier this year.